Dedicated to helping you return to health as soon as possible
Situated within Health Space 307 (a new multidisciplinary centre built on the back – literally – of Finchley Osteopathy’s success), Finchley Osteopathy provides the highest standard of osteopathic care. The clinic has has an outstanding reputation for successful treatment from birth to old age. We treat a range of acute and chronic conditions, as well as offering ongoing maintenance programmes to prevent future problems.
Is Osteopathy right for you?
Osteopathy is a safe, holistic, manual approach to medicine, which aims to assist the body with its natural self-healing process. We believe that the human body has all the necessary elements to attain, and maintain, optimal health. This self-healing system enables the body to recover from injury and disease. Weaknesses and imbalances that occur in the framework of the body may compromise its whole health.
Osteopaths assess this framework – bones, muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue – to identify the underlying source of weakness and imbalance. Examination results are combined with case history findings to formulate a holistic diagnosis and treatment plan. Gentle, manual techniques are then used in order to ease pain, reduce swelling, improve mobility and promote self-healing. Advice is also given on altering lifestyle to promote self-healing and future prevention.
What can Osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths treat the person and not just the condition. Any presenting problem will be considered within the context of the whole body and how it may be affected. Osteopathy has become best known for the treatment of back problems, although many other conditions can be successfully treated, including:
- Back pain and Sciatica
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Stiff and painful joints
- Sports injuries
- Frozen shoulder
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Generalised aches and pains during and after pregnancy
- Postural and stress-related pain
- Tension headaches and migraine prevention
- Trapped and pinched nerves
- Tennis and Golfers’ elbow
- Arthritic and rheumatic pain
What makes us different from other Osteopathy clinics?
Your first appointment
At your first appointment, a detailed medical history will be taken to identify all factors affecting your current health, including information about your lifestyle and diet. All your details will be handled with the strictest confidentiality.
A physical examination will assist in identifying the source of your problem. Together, the case history and examination will enable us to formulate a diagnosis and a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
A variety of stretching, mobilizing and manipulative techniques will be used to facilitate your body’s ability to heal itself. Other lifestyle, dietary, and exercise advice may be provided to prevent recurrence of the condition.
A full explanation of both the source of your condition and its treatment will be provided in order to enable you to take an active role in your own healing process. Please feel free to ask questions at any time during the consultation.
For Babies and Children
Osteopathy for babies
During birth, the baby is subject to enormous pressures as the uterus pushes to expel the baby through the birth canal. At this stage, much of a baby’s skeleton is not yet bone but softer cartilage, especially the plate-like bones that form the skull. These ‘plates’ are quite soft and malleable, which enables them to withstand the forces of birth and allow the bones of the baby’s skull to overlap as it squeezes through the mother’s pelvis. This journey is likely to be one of the most stressful events we will undergo in our lives.
Babies generally cope well with the birth process. Most issues are resolved within the first few days after birth through the normal process of adapting to breathing in air, crying, and sucking. However, on occasion the birth may not be as straightforward, take a long time and require, for example, medical interventions or caesarean section. This may overwhelm the baby’s ability to absorb these stresses and could lead to uncomfortable tension within the baby’s head and body. If left unresolved, this may give rise to a variety of symptoms including feeding difficulties, digestion issues, sleep disturbances, and crying and irritability.
Babies can be treated with osteopathy from newborn onwards. Osteopathic treatment can help discover the stress patterns and address these using extremely gentle techniques. Babies usually respond well to the treatment, becoming more relaxed, more content, and sleeping for longer periods.
Babies: what kind of problems can Osteopathy treat?
- Plagiocephaly and head shape problems
- Crying, unsettled babies
- Suckling and feeding difficulties
- Neck problems (torticullis)
- Digestive problems (reflux)
- Spine alignment and scoliosis
Osteopathy for children
Children’s bodies have a remarkable ability to cope with stresses and strains. This is just as well considering how many bumps and tumbles occur whilst they are growing and developing. At times these abilities could be compromised, as the body may require more support for a variety of reasons.
Stresses and strains in the child’s body may occur during their everyday carefree play or whilst maintaining a prolonged posture sitting at a school desk, carrying a heavy school bag, sitting for long period watching TV, or playing computer games.
For small children, gentle techniques are applied to the head and body to rebalance and normalise. In older children and teenagers, additional approaches of soft tissue massage, stretching etc. may also be used to mobilise body structures.
Children: what kind of problems can Osteopathy treat?
- Sports injuries and repetitive strain injuries
- Spinal and postural problems
- Foot and knee problems
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