As Osteopathy involves the study of the entire musculoskeletal system consisting of: muscles, joints, ligaments, cartilage and nerves; Osteopathic treatment is able to help relieve pain and stiffness associated with a wide range of conditions effecting the body, head to toe.
Contrary to popular belief, Osteopaths treat far more than just backs. In order for a healthcare practitioner to call themselves Osteopaths, they must train for 4 years to gain this legal title.
At Ben Cohen Osteopathy we are fully qualified to assess, examine, diagnose and provide non-invasive, hands-on treatment for a large range of musculoskeletal problems of the whole body.
At BCO, we feel it is of the upmost importance that a patient is properly assessed, so that all predisposing and maintaining factors are controlled. This means that we do not treat just the symptoms, but instead look for the cause of the problem. The human body has an amazing capacity to repair and recover, and it is our job to remove any barriers to that process. In short, our aim is to help restore optimal function, but more importantly, prevent pain returning and injuries from reoccurring.
Below is a list of some of the most common problems a patient will present with at our clinic:
Back Pain – ‘slipped disc’, Sciatica, Pelvic Dysfunction, Osteoarthritis, Pregnancy
Neck Pain – ‘slipped disc’ , Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Postural
Headaches – Tension-type, Cervicogenic, Posturally-related
Shoulder – Rotator Cuff, Impingement, Tendinopathy
Elbow – Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow, Peripheral Nerve Entrapment
Wrist – Carpal Tunnel, Repetitive Strain Injury
Hip – Bursitis, giving way (Labral tear), Osteoarthritis, ITB Syndrome
Knee – Meniscus, ligament (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL), Osteoarthritis
Foot/Ankle – Ligament, Plantar Fasciitis, Osteoarthritis, Achilles Tendinopathy
There are quite a number of factors that may influence the likelihood of developing one of the conditions mentioned. These can include: your occupation, sports/hobbies you take part in, your previous medical history, age, if a pregnancy was natural, the type of bed you sleep in and what sort of pillows you use, what your flexibility is like, how mobile your joints are. The list goes on….
We take all of these things in to consideration when taking an initial consultation so that NOTHING is missed. When we take a patient’s case history, we will also ask questions that help us to rule out the possibility of something more serious causing your pain. Sometimes we will suggest that further investigation should be carried out before we continue with treatment. In these circumstances, we will write a letter to your GP outlining which tests we feel would be required.