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Osteopath

Osteopathy is a medically recognised system of diagnosis and treatment and works well for many medical conditions for all ages. Osteopathy works with the mechanical structure and function of the body. Osteopaths believe that the well-being of an individual depends on the health of the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connecting tissues. In essence, the body must work in harmony without stress, stiffness and pain in the absence of disease. Osteopaths use many techniques to restore your body to a state of natural balance, where possible, without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use many types of hands-on techniques, including touch, physical manipulation, stretching, and massage, to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and help your body’s healing mechanisms.

Osteopathy is safe

Osteopaths also provide rehabilitation advice after injury. Advice helps to focus the patient, aid recovery, strengthen muscles and increase the flexibility of both joints and nerve pathways. We also aim to promote a mind, body and spirit health approach, fundamental when stress is a factor in the presenting condition. Osteopathic techniques used during treatment are based on the individual patient and symptoms they have presented with. These range from gentle techniques, suited to babies and children to those with a medical condition and problems that affect the joints, muscles, disc and nerves. Osteopathy is suitable for people of all ages. Treatment style varies from gentle with older patients to more vigorous, direct techniques used in healthy adults.

  • Deep soft tissue release techniques and Osteopathic massage – helps to relax tight or damaged muscles.
  • Joint and spinal Articulation and mobilisation – This where joints are passively moved through their natural range of motion. Improves mobility.
  • Manipulation ( cracking or popping) and high-velocity thrusts – These are short, controlled technical movements. Manipulation is used to improve mobility in restricted joints of the body, especially in the spine.

Osteopathy isn’t painful, although it’s not unusual to feel stiff in the first couple of days after treatment. Treatment for pain or inflamed areas are treated sensitively, and we may use a gentler approach. Osteopathy is useful for patients with wear and tear and arthritis. Osteopathy is great for easing restricted spinal joints, sore necks, stiff hips and certain types of headaches. Osteopaths are quite similar to Physiotherapists and prescribe a wide range of activities, exercises and when required use electrotherapy.

Osteopaths will advise, educate and treat you

Your practitioner will look to improve both your current injury and the bodies biomechanical problems. A long term approach means there is less chance of the same problem reoccurring over and over. We will assess and diagnose your problem fast and effectively. A bespoke treatment plan formulated with you in mind. These well-designed treatment programs aim to quickly restore function, reduce pain and minimise inflammation after injury. Osteopathy is a professional, highly trained and credible treatment option. The primary focus of treatment is the restoration of normal function to your body, educate the patient and remove inflammation and pain. Treatment is hands-on, science-based and well researched. We are committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery. 

Your treatment experience is our reputation  

Osteopaths work by improving the bodies function by adjusting, stretching, massaging, manipulation and exercises. As the patient improves muscle and joint systems improve. Performance, flexibility and pain ease you will feel better. Once the body is working well again, the pain will often just disappear. We provide specific bespoke exercises to help speed recovery and strengthen the body. Treatment assists healing by restoring mobility, reducing pain and improving blood flow. Blood flow is important as it washes away inflammation. In short, Osteopaths stimulate the bodies natural healing mechanisms by strengthening bio-mechanical( muscle and joint) function.  Your treatment experience is our reputation. 

Osteopathy treatments help you stay pain-free

As people live longer, it’s essential to keep yourself pain-free and flexible. Good flexibility allows us to benefit from extra mobility and less pain as we age. Osteopathy helps improve the ability to live an active, independent and healthy life. Importantly osteopaths can provide specific exercise advice and guidance during your treatment and rehabilitation. Osteopathy may help reduce anti-inflammatory use, which may ease the stress on the stomach and live in the long run. Osteopathy works alongside the NHS reducing the need for NHS Physiotherapy, Osteopathy also helps GP’s waiting lists by reducing prescription drugs and possibly surgery.

Osteopathy provides Health Solutions.

 We can provide practical solutions through our Hatfield Practice triage system. Our ethos has always been to utilise two or more specialists where patients have non-resolving or complex pain issues. Two different specialists may treat you during your consultation. We won’t charge you a penny more for this unique service. We have always worked this way; we feel a little bit of care and consideration makes us all a bit happier. Providing Hatfield Practice patients with effective solutions has always been important to us. We don’t want you to spend your life on one of our treatment tables.

30 years of experience

Osteopathic treatment at the Hatfield Practice is increasingly popular it’s very effective and patients can make their own choices by having rapid access to treatment. Osteopaths in the UK carry out more than nine million consultations every year. Of those consultations, 54% of new patients are seen within one working day of contacting our practice and 95% are seen within one week. Over thirty years of experience has enabled us to treat thousands of local people successfully and helped us develop the Hatfield Practice into the friendly, professional place it is today. Getting you back on track quickly is very important to us. A satisfied patient is at the heart of everything we do today. Our client reviews and patient feedback suggest that our unique and highly effective approach works. Most of our patients come to us on the recommendation from friends, family or their Gp. 

 

Hatfield Osteopathy practice:

  • No Long Waiting Lists – NHS waiting times for physiotherapy can be painfully long and “just exercise sheets”. Osteopathy treatment is of great value, hands-on and consistently effective.
  • Fast Track  Appointments – Day, Evening & Weekends; Our Osteopaths work late appointments in Hatfield so you can fit treatments after work.
  • Professional Osteopathy | Hatfield –  Clinical Expertise – Includes arthritis in joints, low back pain, stiff or painful necks, sciatica, disc injuries, nerve injuries, musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries and much more.
  • Early  Diagnosis and Treatment – Our ability to cross-refer to either Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Acupuncture or Sports Massage within the same building means a more rapid recovery. Why wait for 8- twelve weeks for NHS Physiotherapy and triage.
  • 100% Individual Attention – Our Hatfield Osteopaths will provide you with professional treatment, effectiveness and guaranteed privacy.
  • Hatfield Practice is at Your Door – We provide Osteopath home visits and optimum treatment times to help make you better fast.
  • Hatfield Practice Osteopaths are “Hands-on”  – Experience, and personal attention is our strength. All advice is tailored to your personal needs. All treatment is thought through and discussed.
  • Courtesy calls – To establish the effectiveness of your Osteopath treatment and answer any questions.  !  Experience shines

 

Osteopathy since 1874

The practice of osteopathy began in the United States around 1874  by Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO. Still was a physician, surgeon, and lay preacher. The Osteopathic idea is that for your body to work well and stay disease-free,  its constituent parts or structure must also work as nature intended. Osteopaths work with the body to restore a state of natural balance and function. Osteopathy encourages the body to use its self-healing mechanisms by promoting movement and blood flow. Naturally, and where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.