Avenue Clinic

Avenue Clinic

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a  safe and natural approach to healthcare. Patients of all ages may benefit, and the osteopaths within the clinic have varying experience of treating newborns and children through to octogenarians and above!

Osteopaths look at the body as a whole and aim to find and treat (using a variety of hands on techniques) the cause of a problem, thus aiming to minimise the risk of recurrence. We also give specific exercise program’s to further help progress the rehabilitation process.

The main benefits of treatment may include pain reduction, improved mobility and improved posture. Many patients talk of the additional benefit of actually having the time to talk to someone with relevant expertise in their problem, so there may also be a significant mental and emotional benefit to seeing an osteopath.

Osteopaths can treat the following (as specified by ASA current guidelines):

  • Generalised aches and pains
  • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise arthritic pain
  • General, acute & chronic backache
  • Back pain
  • Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
  • Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention
  • Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck
  • Circulatory problems
  • Cramp
  • Digestion problems
  • Joint pains, lumbago
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neuralgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Sports injuries and tensions

The Osteopaths at Avenue Clinic also regularly treat patients with:

  • Ergonomic issues arising from desk work
  • Pain caused by pregnancy

What to expect from an Osteopathy Treatment (from the Institute of Osteopathy Website)

Your Treatment

When you first visit an osteopath they will spend some time taking a medical history, which will include questions about your general health and lifestyle as well as asking you about the symptoms or injuries that you are seeking help with. With your consent they will then perform a physical examination which is likely to involve the osteopath touching the areas of your body that are experiencing pain and asking you to move around. They may also look at test results, x-rays and scan reports if these are available.

It may be necessary for the osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing, so that they can see and touch the areas of the body causing concern. If you are uncomfortable undressing to your underwear, the osteopath may be able to suggest clothing, such as shorts and T Shirt, or close fitting garments, that will enable them to work effectively without making you feel uncomfortable, so please do discuss this. You are welcome to bring someone with you into the examination room if this puts you at ease.

The osteopath will make a diagnosis and discuss a course of treatment with you. This may involve visiting them a few times for manual therapy, some exercises that you can do by yourself and some lifestyle changes.  If the osteopath believes that your condition would not be improved with osteopathic treatment they will refer you to your GP or another suitably qualified professional and may provide you with notes explaining their diagnosis and why they feel osteopathic treatment would not help you.

Is Treatment Painful?

Osteopaths work very hard to make treatment as painless as possible, but you may experience some discomfort during and after treatment. Your osteopath will warn you if they think that the technique that they are about to use is likely to be uncomfortable and will stop if you tell them that you are feeling too much pain.

Following treatment, about half of patients report some mild soreness in the area of their body that was treated, this can usually be relieved with an over the counter pain killer and will go away within 48 hours. If you experience serious or unusual symptoms after treatment you should contact your osteopath straight away for advice.

For more detail about how osteopathy can help a range of common conditions click here.

Prices

  • Per 30 minute session £65
  • Per 45 minute session £80

(all session lengths are approximate and may vary slightly according to tissue response at the time)

The vast majority of health insurance companies will cover the cost of osteopathy. Please see FAQ for more details.

A £3 admin fee will be charged for any private patient or those without a pre-approval number from their insurance company, whose account is not settled at the time of treatment.

Please note although we are covered by numerous insurance companies (AXA PPP, WPA, Allianz, Bupa International, Simply Health, Aviva etc), we are not covered by Bupa UK. Please contact your insurance company before you attend your appointment to see if your insurance will cover the treatment.

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Therapists

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Dimi Argyros

Dimi has over 20 years experience as an Osteopath and is passionate about treating the whole person. She enjoys treating all ages but finds treating babies to be particularly rewarding because the whole family often seems to benefit.

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Gemma Piercey

Gemma is an Osteopath with more than 7 years experience working in the NHS and on Island. She is a keen hockey player and it is her enthusiasm for sport that leads to her interest in treating sports injuries.

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Emeline Muhawenimana

Emeline loves the diversity of each patient and takes a holistic approach to each treatment placing great emphasis on patient education as this is a sure way of achieving and maintaining good health.

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Dan Bihet

Dan enjoys working with a wide variety of patients from any background. He places emphasis on treating the whole body and encourages his patients to become involved in the treatment process. He is able to use his knowledge and experience to provide a comprehensive, hands-on patient centred approach to all aspects of musculoskeletal complaints.

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