Birmingham Osteopathy clinics
The first Birmingham Osteopath Guildhall Practice was founded almost 30 years ago in the city centre, and it remains our bedrock. We have four locations in and around Birmingham including Birmingham City Centre, Kings Heath and Edgbaston. We provide excellent physical therapy and also superb service. Our personalised service, along with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere will make you feel comfortable and cared for from your first visit.
We are a multi-disciplinary team including osteopaths, physiotherapists as well as sports massage therapists. Finally, we have the expertise, knowledge and experience and passion to help you. The team will support you, in order for you to achieve your true potential. Therefore you should rest assured that you are safe in our hands.
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Our team are passionate about using the latest medical research along with complementary treatment approaches in order to offer the most effective and efficient treatment for you and your individual needs.
Osteopathic Treatment Birmingham
“…Osteopaths use a number of non-invasive treatments such as touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to restore bodily equilibrium through increasing the mobility of joints, relieving muscle tension, enhancing blood and nerve supply to tissues, and encouraging an individual’s own healing mechanisms.” NHS.
Your osteopathic treatment often consists of a combination of techniques, dependent upon your individual needs.
The techniques used will also depend upon your preferences, and we will never include techniques that you may be uncomfortable with.
OSTEOPATHIC SOFT TISSUE MANIPULATION
Firstly, massage helps to reduce the tension within the soft tissues, including the muscles, tendons and connective tissue. Secondly, it helps the Osteopath to prepare the area around specific joints that we aim to adjust.
Osteopaths also adjust individual, specific joints, which we call manipulation. Firstly, the aim of manipulation is to create a slightly gap within the joint, creating a clicking sound. It is rarely painful, and it restores the mobility to the specific joints being adjusted. Secondly, as osteopaths, the manipulation is done in isolation of the soft tissue massage. Because it is our experience that the more relaxed the surrounding muscles are, the easier it is to manipulate.
"THE FRIENDLY AND RELAXED ATMOSPHERE WILL MAKE YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE AS WELL AS CARED FOR FROM YOUR VERY FIRST VISIT. "
The team at The Guildhall Practice is dedicated to providing the highest possible care for all of our patients. Patients attend for a multitude of reasons, from newborn babies suffering with cholic to competitive sportspeople using osteopathy to improve their performance, or the elderly in order to maintain their mobility.
Finally, you can rest assured that the whole team in Birmingham are a patient-centred. We are particularly determined to get the best results as quickly as we can. We have answered the most frequently asked questions below. However, please don’t hesitate to call if you would like more information.
Who and what do Osteopaths Treat?
Osteopathy is suitable for anyone; we frequently treat newborn babies and patients in their nineties. Our treatment is tailored to meet each patient’s individual needs. As such Osteopathy can make a valuable contribution to the treatment and management of a wide range of complaints.
Whilst Osteopathy is best known for treating back pain, it is not the only thing that Osteopaths do. Osteopaths primarily treat the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, affecting the muscles and joints, by using an Osteopathic approach which is holistic and patient-centred.
LOW BACK PAIN
Osteopaths are best known for their effective treatment of back and neck pain. It is, therefore the most common complaint that our new patients present with. Osteopathy can offer a fast and effective approach to managing back pain whether it is a recent, acute episode or a longer-standing, chronic condition.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published treatment guidelines for of non-specific low back pain. Their recommendations can be found in Low back pain: Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain, include osteopathy.
The advice includes spinal manipulation, mobilisation and massage, for patients who “have been in pain for longer than six weeks but less than one year, where pain may be linked to structures in the back such as joints, muscles and ligaments”.
SPORTS RELATED INJURIES
Osteopathy is being increasingly used in the treatment of sports injuries and by sports people to enable to compete at their best; regardless of the level of sport that they are involved with. All The Guildhall Practice is known for our passion for sport and the treatment of sports-related injuries.
The way in which Osteopaths view the body, as an integrated whole, complements perfectly with the contemporary model of preparation and training in competitive sport.
For a long time our principal Osteopath Andrew Leask worked at Birchfield Harriers on club nights treating a wide variety of athletes and injuries. Andrew also now works at Perform at St George’s Park, the new national centre for football treating footballers and other athletes.
All of our Osteopaths are passionate about sport
PERFORMANCE RELATED INJURIES
Andrew Leask works at Birmingham Conservatoire as a performance medicine consultant. Andrew is collaborating with Louise Landsdown, the head of strings, and Tobias Gross… at ETH Zurich in a research project investigating the mechanical strain within the cervical spine whilst playing the viola and violin.
How Much Do You Charge For Osteopathic Treatment ?
Our current charges for your initial consultation and any subsequent treatments can be found on the booking page by following the link to “BOOK ONLINE”.
We allow more time during the initial appointment to take your case history, examine, diagnose and then also to treat.
What Should I Expect On My First Osteopath Visit ?
During your initial 45 minute appointment, your osteopath will conduct an assessment and also treat you.
Firstly, they will take a case history where they will ask questions relating to the current injury and also your general health.
Please bring a list of your current medication with you, along with any test results that you may have.
The Osteopath will then take you through some mobility tests in order to diagnose your complaint.
We will always give you an explanation of the diagnosis, and also information about the particular treatment approach which suits your needs.
What Is Osteopathic Treatment Like?
There are a large number of different techniques that osteopaths use in order to treat patients.
The osteopathic study requires us all to learn the same theoretical as well as practical skills.
However, in practice, we choose the techniques which we feel will best suit our patient’s needs.
Therefore, each osteopath works in a slightly different way.
Firstly, osteopathic treatment is very rarely painful. In fact, patients generally enjoy their treatments.
Treatment often includes soft tissue massage, articulation or stretching of the joints, and also manipulation when appropriate.
Your osteopath will also frequently prescribe an exercise regime.
We design this to support you in your rehabilitation and also to help to prevent the symptoms returning.
Finally, one of the benefits of a group-practice is that we have different skills.
We will refer you to another member of the team if they are a better match for your individual needs.
What Should I Wear ?
Your Osteopath will, certainly, do their best to respect your modesty at all times.
However, it is important that you tell them whenever you feel uncomfortable.
During the examination and treatment, your osteopath will, normally, ask you to remove some of your clothing.
Most patients undress to their underwear, however, in order to feel comfortable, you may bring a pair of shorts and a t-shirt to change into.
Do You treat Sports Injuries ?
We have a long history of treating sportspeople at the Guildhall Practice with injuries as well as for maintenance.
Sportspeople find that the philosophy of osteopathy fits in well with their approach to training and also with their preparation for competition.
Osteopaths see the body as an integrated whole, hence, each part has an effect on other areas.
Firstly, we have found that athletes respond very well to treatment when they become injured.
However, we find that regular maintenance based treatment reduces the risk of injury.
The practice has worked particularly closely with Birchfield harriers for almost 30 Years.
Andrew Leask, the director of the practice, also worked for Perform at St George’s Park, the new national centre for football.
Where he treated footballers as well as other athletes.
What Experience Do You Have Treating Performance Related Injuries ?
All of the major Arts organisations in Birmingham respect The Guildhall Practice for our work in performance medicine.
In fact we have provided excellent healthcare within performance medicine for almost 30 years. We have helped all types of performers to reach their full potential, and we are passionate about this.
We often give advice as well as therapeutic support throughout the period from initial rehearsals right through to the performances. The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire employ Andrew Leask as a performance medicine consultant.
His work there involves treating musicians and also conducting research into the patterns of movement using motion detecting sensors.
All of the therapists work on a self-employed basis within the working protocols of the Guildhall Practice. They are all registered with and regulated by the General Osteopathic Council. All of the therapists hold their own professional and public liability insurance.
Ruby Myatt. M.Ost GOsC Registered Osteopath.
Eva Shipway. M.Ost GOsC Registered Osteopath.
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