• This is similar to visiting any Registered Medical Practitioner
• The osteopath will want to know how the symptoms began and factors that affect them
• Please bring a list of any medications you take
• After a full case history is taken you will be given a postural examination and possibly asked to perform a simple series of movements
• This is followed by a structural examination to identify any problems
• You may also be given orthopaedic, neurological or circulatory examinations (e.g. reflexes, blood pressures etc.) to aid the diagnosis
The osteopath will explain the findings, the appropriate course of action and treatment for your specific requirements. The osteopath can also suggest exercise programmes to both improve and maintain flexibility, strength and core stability as well as advising on work space ergonomics and working practices. These measures are designed to help prevent a recurrence of your problem.
Book an appointment with Anthony Kanutin Osteopaths and you can be reassured that your symptoms will be investigated thoroughly by a skilled professional to reach an accurate evaluation.
We are trained in a range of approaches and understand the need to be very gentle in many circumstances [e.g. patients with osteoporosis] or firmer when the need arises. We will always note your preference for the type of treatment you wish to receive.
• Joint mobilisation/manipulation
• Soft tissue massage
• High velocity thrust
• Muscle energy techniques
• Core stability exercises
• Through case history taking
• Standing postural examination [and sitting if required]
• Active movement observations
• Passive/palpation examination [i.e. feeling movement of relevant joints and the state of muscles etc.] to determine any differences from normal
• Special tests. This will be determined by what you present with e.g. we may need to perform tests for nerve damage, knee cartilage damage, interference with blood flow etc.
As an example regarding posture, it may be that we need to check your leg lengths if you have headaches, as a difference in leg length can cause a spinal curvature [scoliosis] further causing neck muscle tension. This may bring on the headache. Thereby tackling the neck muscles alone will not stop the problem from recurring.
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In the vast majority of cases, we will start treatment [having obtained your consent] immediately. On occasions, it may be necessary to seek further tests or investigations. These could include MRI Scans, blood tests, X Rays etc. We work closely with a range of providers of these services.