Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Osteopathy/Chiropractic?
Although there are subtle differences between the philosophies of osteopathy and chiropractic, both are based on the belief that a healthy nervous system and blood circulation are essential to healing and pain reduction.
The two disciplines also recognise the importance of the spine, muscles and posture, believing that ‘a healthy structure governs healthy function’. This means that if the spine and joints are aligned then the muscles, nervous system and blood flow can work at the optimum level for each individual, improving health and healing throughout the whole body.
The actual techniques of osteopathy and chiropractic can vary slightly. They both aim to achieve the same thing – pain relief, less stiffness, improved circulation, etc. – but may use a slightly different technique to do it.
The most important factor is adapting the techniques to suit the patient. For example, an elderly 93-year-old lady or heavily pregnant mother would be treated in a very different way to a 25-year-old Rugby player. Different body types also require different types of treatment depending on age, sex, underlying conditions, etc.
Osteopaths and chiropractors both train in anatomy, physiology and musculoskeletal pathophysiology, in the same way as your doctor. However, they specialise in the spine, muscles and joints and manual (hands-on) techniques to treat them, whereas a General Practitioner (GP) will specialise in medication use and how save people’s lives.
Osteopaths and Chiropractors complement mainstream medicine and recognise the importance of seeing your GP if you are concerned about any health issues.
What do treatments involve?
Your treatment will be designed to meet your specific needs, but whatever that is, you can rest assured it will be as painless and gentle as possible. Our gentle, natural approach makes small adjustments to release and mobilise your joints and bones, or we use massage, acupuncture or laser therapy to help aid and increase healing.
We never carry our any treatments without prior consent, so if you specifically don't like the idea of a technique we suggest, then we won't use it. Your comfort and wellbeing are very important to us. We want you to get better, be healthy and tell your friends and family about us.
What does the scan do?
The Surface Electro Myography Scan uses two small sensors either side of the spine (whilst you are standing) to read electrical output from your muscles and give us an indication of how your nerves are firing.
This helps us to understand where there are areas of increased muscle and postural tension which may be contributing to you symptoms. Interestingly, the area where you feel the pain may not be the site of the original problem – for example, increased tension or weak muscles in our lower backs and core muscles can lead to problems further up the spine in our neck and shoulders.
The scan alone can't give a diagnosis but it can be used in conjunction with other tests to help us understand your problem and find a solution.
Is it safe?
Yes, the scan doesn't actually stimulate anything or give out radiation like an x-ray so is completely safe for pregnant women, people with pacemakers or metal joint replacements. If you’d like more information about scans, give us a call or take a look at these useful websites: