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Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body's own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
(Source: GoSC website 2012)
Osteopathy is a 'hands on therapyʼ using treatment modalities such as:
Soft tissue massage techniques
Joint mobilisations (articulations)
There are many conditions that may be treated successfully with Osteopathy. These include:
Headaches arising from the neck (Cerviogenic)
Frozen or stiff shoulders
Pain & stiffness associated with Osteoarthritis
Back pain including back pain in pregnancy
Arm, wrist & hand pain
Hip, thigh & knee problems
Calf, shin, ankle & foot pain
Osteopathy is a patient-centred, system of healthcare. A first appointment generally lasts about 45 minutes to an hour to allow the osteopath adequate time to:
Listen and ask questions about your problem, your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking, and record this in your case notes (the information you provide will be confidential);
Examine you properly. It is likely the osteopath will ask you to remove some of your clothing. Tell your osteopath if you are uncomfortable about this. You should expect privacy to undress and a towel should be provided. You can ask a friend or relative to accompany you and be present throughout your treatment;
Ask you to make simple movements and stretches to observe your posture and mobility. Because of the body's structure, pain or stiffness you are experiencing in one part may be linked to a problem elsewhere;
Examine the health of the joints, tissues and ligaments using their hands and a highly developed sense of touch called palpation.
Your osteopath will also check for signs of serious conditions they cannot treat and may advise you to see your GP or go to hospital. They should provide you with a letter explaining what they believe to be the problem.
(Source: GoSC website 2012)
The number of appointments needed will depend on your diagnosis. Your osteopath will be able to advise you on how many treatments you may require once they have reached a diagnosis.
Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Osteopaths are legally required to be registered with GOsC in order to practice Osteopathy in the UK. www.osteopathy.org.uk
I just wanted to write a quick email to say thanks for the massage you did on Tuesday. My back feels great and I have no lower back pain at the moment. This is the 5th visit now and I always leave in a much better condition than when I arrive. Mark's technique, knowledge and friendly approach is always very good. The tips and exercises he has given me has helped improve my alignment. I would definitely recommend Mark.
I came to see Mark Bussetti after developing knee pain which was aggravated when walking up flights of stairs. Mark was excellent in working on the knee over several one week sessions in eradicating the pain. At the same time I also had a nerve related problem in my lower back which Mark resolved and has provided me with a set of simple exercises for me to follow to assist in preventing any reoccurrence. I would highly recommend Mark to anyone in need of such treatment.
I have been experiencing problems with my back for some time and although I think my back condition was gradually improving, I thought it was time to visit another expert for some advice. I went to see Mark Bussetti, owner of MB Osteopathy in Amersham.
My session began with a relaxed and informal chat about myself, my general health and the reason for my visit. It was good to explain all my concerns to such a sympathetic listener. Mark made notes about my details and asked all the right questions. He then observed the way I stand and looked at my general posture. I know that my posture has never been good; even when I was at school I was constantly being told to ‘stand up straight!’
Mark made several helpful suggestions. Apparently, my main problem now is a lack of core strength. This probably happened last year when I was in a lot of pain and rarely stood up straight. I then moved onto the couch. Mark applied some gentle treatment to generally straighten me out. I was anxious that he shouldn’t do too much as I do feel that my condition is general improving and didn’t want to jeopardise that. He fully understood this and was very careful.
A week later as I write this, I am continuing to improve and I am grateful to Mark for his help. I would recommend a visit to Mark if you have any niggling worries about your physical health. He has plenty of advice on diet, exercise and general lifestyle. I felt a lot better after seeing him, especially as he said I looked good for my age! That’s always nice to hear!
I visited Mark recently for a shoulder injury I sustained in the gym. Mark really does have magic hands - my shoulder was back to normal after a few visits and I was back in the gym. Mark is very personable and knowledgeable. I would not hesitate to recommend Mark as a therapist.
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