• As a form of manual therapy, Osteopathy is highly effective for reducing pain and discomfort and focuses on the manipulation of joints and soft tissues to improve and restore function.
  • At the heart of Osteopathic principles is the philosophy that the body has an innate ability to heal itself and it is the responsibility of the Osteopath to facilitate this function.

Preparing for your treatment

  • A full medical history will be taken on your initial consultation. To allow for a comprehensive overview on the status of your health, it would be good to bring any medical records, test results and scans that you may have, even if you think they may not be relevant to your specific problem.
  • You will have the opportunity to describe your problem and will be asked associated questions to determine the root cause
  • After the medical history has been recorded, a physical examination to evaluate areas of pain, tenderness, restriction, and function will take place. An assessment of posture and joint movement will help determine predisposing and maintaining factors contributing to the problem area. It is a good idea to wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing for your consultation. 
  • Following the initial consultation, which will include treatment, you will be advised on a diagnosis, unless further tests, scans ,and or a referral to your GP or specialist are required.  You will be advised on what the next steps will be and how many treatments will be needed going forward and what you can do to further progress your situation through exercise and observing aggravating factors.
  • Osteopathic treatment is pain-free, whilst there might be manipulation of painful joints and soft tissues, the treatment itself is always conservative and there are numerous ways to treat any one condition.

In July there was another round of X-rays and finally a bone scan.  It was discovered that, in fact the problem was a stress fracture.  With Dad, I went to see Simon Costain at his Harley Street surgery in London.  After doing some analysis, he showed how the source of the problems was a collapsed arch.  “The actual stress fracture” said Simon “won’t get better until you get the arch corrected.  And that won’t happen without some arch support”.  He made rigid orthotic supports for my arch that would be inserted into whatever shoes I wore.

Paula – “My Story so Far” by Paula Radcliffe was published by Simon & Schuster in 2004

Paula Radcliffe