WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
We founded The Body Balance Clinic and have been established since 1991. We are within Broadgate Fitness First serving members, city professionals in corporate companies such as UBS, ICAP, and FACTSET. We gained injury and rehab experience working alongside physiotherapists for 7 years at QPR first team football, and were accepted by chief medical officer of UK athletics to treat and manage Olympians in the 2012 Olympics, offering osteopathy and sports massage.
We have trained in other complementary therapies to enhance therapeutic effects such as medical acupuncture, electrical therapies, Kinesio-sports taping and exercise rehabilitation. We work closely with our clients to help them achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health education and injury prevention bespoke to you. This may include postural correction, exercise, stretches, diet, supplement or sleep hygiene tips so you recover faster, regain optimal movement, reduce the chance of further injury, return to activities with the aim to train pain free, work pain free and live pain free.
Osteopaths use many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medicine to assess and diagnose musculoskeletal pain, dysfunction and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal frame, we consider the latest research and current thinking in musculoskeletal medicine combined with our many years of clinical experience.
Osteopaths main strengths are in the unique way the patient or client is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint, and in the way they work with their hands using a highly developed sense of touch ‘palpation’ to assess tissue texture, asymmetry, restriction and tenderness of injuries. This assessment incorporates many other factors; recent injury or trauma, stress, illness, incorrect posture, previous injuries or compensations that may have contributed to the current diagnosis.
This holistic overview and natural approach to natural healthcare ensures osteopaths employ a medicalised diagnosis, (referral to GP where appropriate) with osteopathic ‘hands on’ treatment to restore musculoskeletal health and wellbeing.
Osteopaths use a wide range of treatment techniques, such as soft tissue neuromuscular massage, joint mobilisation and articulatory techniques, muscle energy, strain-counterstrain and myofascial release as well as corrective adjustments designed to relieve pain, restore blood flow, reduce inflammation and improve the mobility and range of movement within joints. Other specialised osteopathic techniques include:
Visceral techniques – our holistic approach takes into consideration visceral organs an important part of anatomy and physiology and may of significance when formulating an osteopathic diagnosis and treatment plan. A gentle external pressure may be applied over the abdomen
Cranial sacral– a gentle listening contact is made at the head, sacrum and other parts of the body, which is also extremely relaxing
Myofascial release – uses a constant pressure until a release occurs in the myofascial system
Balanced ligamentous tension – a technique that uses a variety of vectors to release strains and tensions in ligaments of the spine and peripheral joints