How can osteopathy benefit you?
The body is one unit that contains self healing mechanisms to allow it to come to a healthy state of balance. The body functions all as one and all its parts affect the whole function. The psychological and social factors also form part of the body.
Osteopaths use manual techniques to treat patients, including:
- Stretching techniques
- Soft tissue massage
- Joint articulation
- Joint manipulation
These techniques allow osteopaths to be able to improve the overall function of the body, and regain a healthy balance. Osteopaths treat the cause of the problem to prevent recurrence of injury.
The culprits of injury or dysfunction are usually:
- Stress related
- Poor working postures
- Decline in physical fitness/strength/flexibility
The problem is usually a combination of situations. The pain may begin for no apparent reason, but the problem may have been building up quietly for months or years. At Healthy Balance Osteopaths we encourage regular maintenance treatments to help the body to continue to function as efficiently as possible.
What to expect on your first visit?
The first appointment will last about an hour as we would like to give you a patient information sheet that contains information about us and the treatments we give and it is useful to have some time for you to read this. We will need to collect some contact information from you to register you as a patient and the osteopath will discuss our consent form with you. You are welcome to bring a friend or relative with you if you feel.
The osteopath will then talk with you for 15-20 minutes as it’s important to get accurate information about the current issue, any medical history or medications and your general lifestyle. It’s also a good time to discuss your expectations and answer any questions that you may have.
We advise you to wear loose clothes you feel comfortable to move in, for the treatment. We will carry out an active and passive examination using a highly-developed sense of touch called palpation will enable a working diagnosis to be given.
Treatment is mostly hands on and consists of massage and stretching techniques, joint mobilisations and occasionally highly focused manipulations.
My name is Cemi Rhule I graduated from The British School of Osteopathy in 2005 with a bachelor of osteopathy. I am a registered osteopath with the general osteopathic council. I also hold a diploma in level 3 personal fitness training. I have completed two postgraduate courses in cranial osteopathy. This enables me to provide both a structural and cranial approach to patient treatment and management. I also regularly use dry needling (western acupuncture – using muscular trigger point) in combination in the treatment of musculo skeletal conditions.
I have a back ground in sports, as I used to compete at club and county level in the 100 and 200 meter sprint for Enfield and Haringey athletics club. I have a great passion for sports and regularly use kinesio- sports taping to help in the treatment and management of my patients. I have participated in voluntary work at the London 2012 Olympics, where I was part of the opening ceremony and a games maker as a medical first responder.
I have worked in eastern Canada for a six month period and treated a variety of sports injuries.
Cemi is the fourth Osteopath I have been treated by and unless she gives up Osteopathy, she will be the last! A treatment with Cemi is more than worth the 44 mile journey I make to see her. I attend my appointment feeling stiff and unable to move freely. Afterwards, I walk taller, feel lighter and I am able to move and bend at will. I cannot recommend Cemi highly enough; she is very professional, thorough in her approach and seeks to provide the best possible outcome for her patients. Cemi always takes the time to discuss treatment options and preferences; Personally, I enjoy being manipulated or cracked, but for those who are uncomfortable with this, Cemi is always happy to address the area needing help in an alternative way.Sarah, from Norfolk
Since seeing Cemi, the movement in my knees, shoulders and arms has improved immeasurably. The pain I have been suffering has, at worst, reduced significantly and at best, is absent for considerable periods of time. Cemi has literally improved my quality of life.Margaret, Suffolk
I have a very active job and I'm on my feet for 12 hours per day. My calves, feet, shoulders and back are very tense and painful, but following my appointment with Cemi I feel a massive improvement. The pain dissipates and I feel better overall; not just in the problem areas. I aim to see Cemi about every six weeks (work schedule permitting) and when I manage this, I benefit enormously and I experience less discomfort and pain for longer periods between my treatments.David, Norfolk