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Osteopathy - recovery and pain relief

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is used by people of all ages who suffer from pain, tackling complaints ranging from sports and work-related injuries to arthritis, sciatica and migraine.

The osteopath's role is to alleviate pain and improve the patient's function and mobility.

Osteopathy recognizes that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in our body's structure and function.

Osteopaths diagnose and treat problems with muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints to help the body's natural healing ability.

Your osteopaths treatment involves gentle, manual techniques - easing pain, reducing swelling and improving mobility. Often, osteopathy involves manipulation, which can result in an audible 'click' which is simply the sound of gas bubbles popping within the fluid of the joints.

Osteopathy does not involve the use of drugs or surgery but searches complete health the natural way. In the Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics our osteopaths understand that the body has got the ability to heal itself if it has got the right balance between structure and function.
As the body works as a whole unit our osteopaths will not look to treat your symptom but to find the causes for it.

What is pain?

Pain is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. It is often caused by swelling of tissue, which creates pressure on nerves and leads to discomfort. Pain is a useful mechanism to alert you to a problem, and stops you from damaging your body further. It should always, therefore, be taken seriously and our osteopaths will help you finding out what causes your pain.

Pain can affect many areas of the body, but particularly the lower back, head, neck, joints and legs bring people to the osteopath. It can result from injuries and arthritis, and can also manifest itself in the form of rheumatic pain and period pain.

One of the main purposes of osteopathy is pain relief by the elimination of the cause of pain.

Osteopathy and the treatment of pain

Osteopaths can diagnose the cause of pain and help to ease it by reducing tissue inflammation. The osteopaths treatment methods range from massage of muscles and connective tissues to manipulation and stretching of joints.

This helps to reduce muscle spasm, to increase mobility and to create a healthier state in which damaged tissues can heal.

Much long-term, recurrent pain is caused by degenerative changes to the body's framework. Nobody can reverse this process of ageing, but your osteopaths treatment may still ease pain. Pain control is an important part of our treatment in the Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics and our osteopaths give guidance on simple self-help methods to use at home.

The skilled techniques of osteopathy can often allow you a speedy return to normal activity.

If you have had a pain for a long time, and other forms of treatment have not helped, osteopathic treatment can be beneficial, although it may require time and patience.

Key points to remember...

Visiting an osteopath

On your first visit with an osteopath, and before examination begins, the osteopath will discuss and record your medical history in detail.

During examination and treatment from an osteopath or physiotherapist you will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing. Please wear underwear, shorts or sports bra that you feel comfortable in.

The osteopath will then apply a highly developed sense of touch to identify points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body. Further investigations by your osteopath may include an x-ray or blood test. This will allow a full diagnosis of the problem and will enable the osteopath to tailor a treatment plan to your needs.

Your osteopath should make you feel at ease and tell you what is happening throughout your consultation. You should ask questions if you have any concerns. Osteopathy can help most people, and our osteopaths work closely hand in hand with the other therapists in the clinic to always achieve the optimal results If further medical treatment is needed the osteopath may contact your doctor, with your permission.

What is the audible click during an osteopathy adjustment caused by?

Joint manipulation is characteristically associated with the production of an audible clicking sound. When a manipulation is performed, the applied force separates the joint surfaces of a fully encapsulated synovial joint. This stretches the joint capsule, which in turn creates a reduction in pressure within the joint cavity. In this low pressure environment, some of the gases that are dissolved in the synovial fluid leave the solution creating a bubble which rapidly collapses upon itself, resulting in a 'clicking' sound. The effects of this process will remain for a period of time termed the refractory period, which can range from a few minutes to more than an hour, while it is slowly reabsorbed back into the synovial fluid. That is the reason, that it is normally possible to do an adjustment to the joint already after one hour - with a new audible click. That does not mean that the joint "has gone back".

Registered osteopaths in Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinic:

Torben Hersborg, principal osteopath:
Torben founded the Central London and Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinic in 1991. His great insight into sports injuries comes from 35years of competitive judo, 5th in the 2002 World Masters Championship. He specialises in sports injuries and sports performance enhancement for the elite competitor as well as structural treatment for acute pain and long term conditions. He likes cases that have so far been resistant to treatment.
Patients have come from around the World to see him and flown him to most Continents as well. They include numerous World- and Olympic Champions, Oscar Winners and Top Performers.
Torben is registered with all the major private health insurances incl. AXA PPP BUPA.

Diluka Perera, osteopath and naturopath:
Qualified from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in 2003.
Her treatments consist of structural osteopathy and can involve cranial osteopathy, visceral osteopathy, naturopathy and nutrition.
She also has interest and experience in treating children and babies.
Diluka is registered with all the major private health insurances including AXA PPP and BUPA.
Chris Romero, osteopath and physiotherapist:
Qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003, he decided to further improve his treatment skills by becoming an osteopath as well. He is one of the very few in UK to have this treatment combination.
His background as a semiprofessional football player in Spain gives him the first hand insight into sports injuries and training, which is one of the areas, where Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics excel above most.
Chis is registered with all the major private health insurances but not AXA PPP and BUPA.
Tracy Davies osteopath, osteopath:
Qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1992. With 20+ years experience she offers an integrated approach to osteopathy, combining structural techniques with deep tissue massage, alongside postural and ergonomic advice to achieve the best results for each patient.
She has been part of the team providing high quality osteopathic care to patients attending the orthopaedic and rheumatology department at the Central Middlesex Hospital Trust and Bupa Wellness and specializes in the treatment of work related musculo - skeletal pain, especially those resulting from poor posture, work ergonomics and stress impacting the body.
Tracy is also committed to the education of students at The British School of Osteopathy (BSO), where she was a clinic tutor for several years. On completing her Masters at Imperial College London, 2002, she was appointed Community Clinic Co-coordinator for the BSO, developing and expanding the portfolio of the Schools’ award winning outreach clinics and continues in her role today.
Tracy is registered with all major healthcare insurers including BUPA, AXA/PPP and WPA.

Brent Snell, osteopath:
Brent qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 2002.He comes from a musical background and for many years prior to becoming an Osteopath he was a professional musician and worked extensively in London and throughout Europe. Brent has a wide variety of osteopathic experience and interests from treating babies using cranial osteopathy through to Structural techniques.
Brent is registered with all the major private health insurance companies incl AXA PPP and BUPA.

Chris Blackburne, osteopath:
Chris graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 2009. He began giving osteopathy to professional dancers from around the world. Chris has worked and toured with world-acclaimed dance companies, and is used to managing pain and injury at the highest level.
He comes from a Martial Art background and has practiced the system of Wing Chun for many years, which has given him a practical understanding of the challenges involved in intense physical activity and how imbalances within the body can hinder performance and, if left untreated become structural weaknesses and areas of pain.
His main osteopathy focus is via the neuro-musculoskeletal systems (the nerves, muscles, joints, etc) though he also works with reducing inappropriate tensions and improving movement of the internal organs in order to further support health. In addition to his highly skilled 'hands-on' osteopathy approach, he educates his patients giving them the ability to self-manage their complaint by using simple movements and exercises. He is also qualified in dry needling.


Osteopathy vs physiotherapy:

Many of our clients come for a back pain or sports injury and therefore wish to have osteopathy or physiotherapy, and a common question is: should I see an osteopath or a physiotherapist? The answer is quite simple: As our physiotherapists are very much hands on in their approach, and our osteopaths deal a lot with muscle injuries, we recommend either an osteopath or a physiotherapist.

The normal precepton of a physiotherapist is that he will use mainly ultrasound and rehabilitation exercises rather than giving hands on physiotherapy but our physiotherapists are as much as our osteopaths results driven in their treatment.

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The spinal column gives support and movement for the whole body. An osteopath will help you if you suffer from back pain and related conditions such as sciatica and other effects of spinal dysfunctions.

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USA High Jump Champion and Olympic fourth, Jamie Nieto uses osteopaths in the Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics to stay injury free and in top form.

With osteopathy, physiotherapy and sports injury clinics in kings cross and Shoreditch, we are conveniently located for Central London, the City, North, West, South and East London.

Our Pentonville Road clinic is serving Islington, Kings Cross, Euston, St Pancras, Moorgate, West end, Camden, City, Chelsea, Harley Street, Kensington, Knightsbridge and post codes: N1, W1, W2, W8, NW1, WC1, WC2, EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4, SE1 for a complete health care.

Our Hoxton clinic is serving Shoreditch, City, Hackney, Canary Wharf, Liverpool Street and post codes: EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4, E1, E2, N1