James Raiher, Registered Osteopath and Clinic Director at The Practice at 322 in West Hampstead – www.thepracticeat322.co.uk – is explaing what osteopathy can do for you.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment that concerns itself with the structure and function of the human body. It’s based on the idea that if the structure isn’t working efficiently then the body can’t function properly. When the body is balanced and running efficiently, it functions with the minimum degree of effort, so it’s less likely that injury or pain will occur.
Osteopaths don’t just look at the problem area – we consider the whole person. We take a detailed case history to find out as much as we can about your current health and then perform some physical tests to find out what is and what isn’t working. Osteopathic treatment is safe and gentle, combining a knowledge of functional anatomy with considered clinical testing to find areas causing problems and get to the root of the issue.
We specialise in:
- Treatment of low back pain, arthritis and sciatica
- Management of slipped discs (also known as lumbar disc herniations)
- Treatment of sport injuries
- Workplace ergonomic assessment
- Shoulder and upper back problems
- Running assessment for marathon runners, park runners and triathletes
- Pregnancy-related issues
Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and also trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP or other specialist.
What’s osteopathic treatment like?
Treatment usually involves mobilisation and manipulation techniques, as well as guidance on exercise. Ostepathy also incorporates subtler techniques, including work in the cranial field, and is appropriate for people of all ages including pregnant women, children and babies.
Treatment is always tailored to your needs and presenting problem, and it is reassessed at each visit. It usually involves a mixture of joint articulation techniques to improve movement and function, and sometimes cranial osteopathic techniques or western medical acupuncture (also known as dry needling). When you see an osteopath you always have a say in which techniques are used and you are encouraged to ask questions if you need clarification of how techniques work.
How are osteopaths trained?
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are recognised by the orthodox medical profession. We are recommended by the NICE guidelines for low back pain and neck pain. We undertake a rigorous university training lasting four to five years, including over 1200 hours of extensive clinical training, so you can be confident when you see an osteopath that you will be well cared for.
James has a lifelong interest in health and wellbeing and sees patients with a wide variety of problems, including adults, children or babies. He has a special interest in shoulder problems, back pain and sports injuries, and regular works with Pilates instructors, yoga teachers and personal trainers to find the right treatment plan for each patient.
If you’d like to find out more about osteopathy at The Practice at 322, visit their website www.thepracticeat322.co.uk or give them a call on 0207 0180 770.