When you are suffering from pain or injury, or you require an analysis of your gait, biomechanics or bike position, we are the provider you need. Every member of our professional team of accredited and experienced Osteopaths, Sports and Therapeutic Massage Therapists and Pilates Instructors is equipped to handle a comprehensive range of conditions and injuries.
We have a commitment to excellence when it comes to the level of care we provide.
'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.'
(General Osteopathic Council at http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/visiting-an-osteopath/about-osteopathy/)
LOW BACK PAIN & SCIATICA
Low back pain is extremely common, affecting 1 in 3 adults. Symptoms vary hugely from a dull ache to intense, debilitating pain.
Sometimes, pain may radiate into the hip or leg - often referred to as sciatica. This may indicate some irritation or compression of the nerves running from the spine into the leg.
Our assessment of low back pain and sciatica is designed to thoroughly investigate and determine the origin of your pain to ensure you receive the best treatment and/or advice for you as an individual.
XRAYS, MRIS & SCANS
If we think you may need further invstigation by way of medical imaging, we can either:
Communicate with your GP, with your consent, who may or may not refer you for NHS imaging services or triage for further assessment.
Refer you directly to Heath Lodge Clinic - you will be responsible for the cost of your scan. This option ican often be quicker.
Shoulders are susceptible to injury and pain as it is a complex complex joint affected by posture, work habits and training.
Common injuries include:
Rotator cuff tear
Acromioclavicular joint sprain
Careful assessment is used to diagnose your condition to ensure treatment is tailored to you.
GAIT ANALYSIS & ORTHOTICS
We assess your pelvic, hip, knee, ankle and foot function before visually assessing your gait on our in-house treadmill.
If you have altered function or reduced range of movement, we may advise that you have treatment and/or orthotics or insoles to wear in your shoes.
Neck pain is a common reason for people seeking manual therapy or treatment.
It may cause associated pain into the arm, cause headaches or eye pain, or occasionally pins and needles into the arm or hand.
The neck is vulnerable to repeated postures common in modern day living such as driving, desk work and texting!
A full examination is used to determine the nature and origin of your pain before treatment or advice is given.
Patients coming to the clinic with 'hip' pain tend to describe pain in their gluteal muscles, groin, or over the boney region to the side of the hip.
It is important to distinguish whether your pain is due to a sports injury, a muscular strain, or if it is originating from an arthritic joint or inflamed tendon, or for some other reason.
If we think you may need an XRay or further investigation or interim pain relief, you may be asked to consult your GP. However, this does not necessarily mean that you have to stop receiving treatment in the clinic. Be assured that we strive to put your care in the best hands possible throughout your progression.
The treatment itself involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and briefly left in position. Sometimes manual or low voltage electrical stimulation is applied to assist the process. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three.
Who will give the acupuncture treatment?
All British Medical Acupuncture Society acupuncturists are regulated healthcare professionals, for example Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, GPs, Chiropractors, who have also undertaken additional training in Western medical acupuncture.
BMAS members work within the scope of their primary profession, and are able to use their orthodox healthcare training to assess and safely treat conditions a variety of conditions that are suitable for acupuncture.
The cause or trigger for a headache can be any one of a multitude of factors including diet, sleep, the demands of daily life, muscle tension, chronic adaptation to poor posture, a change in or uncorrected eyesight and dental issues.
After taking a detailed medical history, your neck and upper back will be examined during your consultation at our clinic. We may ask you to see your GP if there is any reason to think that further tests would be useful in identifying the cause of your symptoms.
KNEE & ANKLE PAIN
Many people suffer from muscle, tendon and joint conditions in these areas - especially runners, sportspeople, and those that spend prolonged time either on their feet or kneeling.
Naturally, examination and treatment will be conducted according to each individual's circumstances taking into account occupation and sporting/leisure activities.
Step 1: PRE-FIT INTERVIEW AND FLEXIBILITY ASSESSMENT
One of our Body Geometry Fit specialists discusses with you your riding experience and goals, and use a series of physical assessments to evaluate your strength and flexibility.
Step 2: PRODUCT SELECTION
During the assessment, we recommend how to best tailor your equipment choice at the contacts points of your bike, such as your shoes, footbeds and saddle.
Step 3: RIDE ANALYSIS
We visually assess your position on the bike while you ride, and adjust accordingly in order to determine the best and most efficient ride position for you.
Step 4: TECHNOLOGY
In a 3D Fit, we document and analise your riding position with Video capture technology systems, so you can see what they’re seeing and more easily share the reports or videos.
Step 5: FOLLOW UP
After 2-3 weeks, we schedule a follow-up discussion to review adaptation to the new position and answer any questions or concerns.
ELBOW, WRIST & HAND
In the elbow, wrist and hand, the most common causes of pain that we see are:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Cubital tunnel syndrome
We can offer treatment, advice, taping support and rehabilitatve exercise where appropriate.