Osteopath in Brentwood & Billericay

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.

Osteopathic treatment is holistic and tailored to the individual patient. Here are a few of the conditions we treat:

  • Neck and back ache
  • Hip, thigh, knee, shin, calf and foot pain
  • Sciatica
  • Joint stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Disc problems
  • Poor Flexibility
  • Aches and Pains including during pregnancy

Who can benefit from osteopathy?

Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women and sports people.  Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries of all kinds. Our clients not only come from Brentwood & Billericay but all over Essex.

What to expect

Osteopaths consider each person as an individual.  On your first visit the osteopath will spend time taking a detailed medical history, including information about your lifestyle and diet.  You will normally be asked to undress to your underwear and perform a series of simple movements.

Osteopaths use their hands to identify abnormalities in the structure and function of a body, and to assess areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain. By this means, your osteopath will make a full diagnosis and discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively.

Then they work with your body’s ability to heal itself. They will usually start any treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints, using gentle massage and rhythmic joint movements. The particular range of techniques your osteopath uses will depend on your problem.

The first treatment generally lasts about 45 minutes to one hour (to allow for case history taking and diagnosis) and subsequent treatments tend to last around half an hour. Osteopaths also offer added exercises and health advice, to help reduce the symptoms and improve your health and quality of life.

The osteopath should make you feel at ease during your consultation and explain everything that is happening. Do ask questions at any time if you are unsure or have any concerns.

The clinic is registered with AXA PPP, Pru Health and Simply Health.

Useful links

The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)

The British Osteopathic Association