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WHAT IS IT?

Aches and pains are the most common symptoms for which patients seek treatment. An ache or pain may be specific to a particular joint such as a knee, hip or elbow or generalised across a broad area such as the neck/upper back or low back/leg. It may have developed over years or have come on quite suddenly. It may result from a specific incident (such as lifting, a fall, a sporting activity or a car crash) or from repetitive strain to an area such as from spending long periods at a computer. Often aches and pains are associated with a loss of joint mobility and stiffness.

There is good evidence that osteopathy is an effective treatment for many conditions which cause aches and pains and joint restrictions such as:

• Acute and chronic low back pain
• Acute and chronic neck pain
• Shoulder girdle pain
• Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
• Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
• Hip osteoarthritis Patellofemoral pain syndrome (knee cap pain)
• Knee osteoarthritis
• Plantar fasciitis
• Acute whiplash disorders
• Migraine
• Headache and dizziness triggered by neck problems

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HOW CAN THIS HELP YOU?

Our bodies strive continually to be in balance but sometimes they struggle to achieve this on their own. Over time this leaves us vulnerable to pain and injury. Longstanding patterns of imbalance can be difficult to identify ourselves. As part of your treatment I can help you understand how your unique body functions and what you can do to avoid problems in the future. Approaching life from a position of self-knowledge and understanding is a powerful tool which in turn will help you achieve a smooth, comfortable daily way of being.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Physical examination
An assessment is made of your physical condition by looking at your posture and mobility and gently feeling the tone of your muscles and the flexibility of your joints. This helps to clarify the most likely cause of the problem. If it is necessary other tests may be used to assess the function of, for example, your nerves, lungs, heart and blood vessels.

Treatment
By going through the stages outlined above osteopaths are able to determine what treatment is most appropriate in dealing with the underlying causes of your condition. This usually includes massage and mobilisation techniques and is typically gentle and usually does not hurt. Cranial osteopathic techniques are also often used.

It is important that you feel comfortable with your treatment and any comments that you have will be welcome. For example, sometimes deep tissue massage is used to release well established muscular tension. This may be uncomfortable for the short periods in which it is used. If you prefer, there are other techniques which can be used to achieve the same results but which take a little longer. You will be able to discuss treatment options such as these as and when they come up.

Rarely patients have conditions that are not suitable for osteopathic treatment. If this is the case you will be advised what to do next. In order to build on what has been achieved during the treatment, you may be given simple exercises to do at home. You may also be given advice about whether hot or cold packs would help your condition.

Clothing
It is easier to assess and treat patients in their underwear. However, please don’t worry if you would rather not undress, as it is not essential. Flexible sportswear or thin clothing are good alternatives.

Chaperone
If you would like to bring a friend or family member to be with you in the treatment room, please feel free.

Follow-up appointments
These last 30 minutes. You will be advised about the optimum time between treatments.

Rehabilitation & prevention
Our aim is to help prevent injuries as part of your treatment. Although rehabilitation and prevention advice can often be incorporated into your osteopathy appointments, it is sometimes more beneficial to move out of the treatment room and into our studio for a physical movement practice. In these one-to-one sessions run by osteopath Ben Parker, you will receive hands-on, precise physical training tuition. Ben will assist, adjust and train you to know your body better, helping you to move beyond weakness and imbalance to a position of stability. These improvements can then be taken into whatever sports / exercise practice you choose as well as your day-to-day life. Ben can also devise a bespoke home training programme to help keep you on track and injury free!

Concerns
If you have any concerns about your examination or treatment, these can be discussed at the time or will be responded to promptly should you need to be in contact after your appointment. Every care is taken to avoid any adverse reaction to treatment but it is common to feel some transient soreness in the areas treated in the first day or so as your body’s tissues settle. Prolonged or marked deterioration in symptoms is extremely rare but is an inherent risk in any manual therapy. The General Osteopathic Council (of which all Registered Osteopaths are members) offers an alternative means for you to discuss any concerns.

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WHO WILL YOU SEE?

Ben Parker – Lead Osteopath.

Ben has been a local osteopath since 1999 and has extensive experience in working with individuals with a wide range of physical complaints using both structural and cranial osteopathic techniques. Ben opened Groombridge Osteopathy in 2001 and has expanded his business into Tunbridge Wells.

He is particularly interested in helping people to understand the causes of their injuries and how to prevent their recurrence. Ben emphasises the importance of exercise in the process of recovery.

• Registered Osteopath – GOsC Reg. 4134
• BSc (Hons) Osteopathic Medicine
• Naturopathy Diploma
• 15 years of experience
• Accredited by all major health insurers

Liz Powell – Associate Osteopath.

Liz was awarded her Masters degree at the British School of Osteopathy, having studied as a mature student following a diverse working history. Her particular interest whilst training was working with women during and after pregnancy. Since then she has also focused on working with older people.

Liz uses both her osteopathy and sports massage training to help people achieve their goals, whatever they may be.

Away from work she admits to being fairly obsessed with cooking and is always happy to talk food and drink with her patients. She practices yoga regularly and runs quite a bit. In fact, she’s training for the London Marathon this year, which happens to fall on her 30th birthday!

• Registered Osteopath – GOsC Reg. 9119
• Masters degree in osteopathy
• Sports Massage
• Pregnancy massage
• Accredited by all major health insurers

Kim Westerman – Associate Osteopath. 

Kim completed her training with the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM), completing over 1000 clinical hours and graduating with a Masters degree in Osteopathy. Kim also holds a diploma in Naturopathy, which qualifies her to advise on dietary and lifestyle issues.

Since graduation Kim has lived in Alberta, Canada working as a principal osteopath treating people of all ages with a variety of injuries and ailments. She was also on-hand to treat the local ice hockey team!

Outside of osteopathy Kim’s personal interests are running, going to the gym, roadtrips and cooking (mainly vegetarian food but she especially loves making cakes!).

• Registered Osteopath – GOsC Reg. 8088
• Masters degree in osteopathy
• Diploma in naturopathy
• Sports massage
• Accredited by all major health insurers

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HOW TO BOOK

All treatments must be booked in advance. Payment is made to the practitioner on the day. However, all treatments must be paid for in full unless cancelled with at least 24 hours notice.

Ben charges £50 for half an hour treatment, or longer if it is your first consultation.

Liz and Kim charge £45 for half an hour treatment, or longer if it is your first consultation.

Click here or telephone 01892 671764 to book

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