Osteopaths are highly trained musculoskeletal experts who use their skills to improve quality of movement and decrease pain, whilst fully taking into account your health history and circumstances to achieve the best possible outcome.
Based in West Sussex clinics, Chris will provide you with a diagnosis, skilled treatment and expert management and advice. Put simply, he will look to help you move better, feel better and live better, so you can get back on track.
Osteopathy can treat a variety of conditions, including:
- generalised aches and pains
- back pain
- neck pain
- sciatica, trapped nerves and slipped discs
- arthritic pain
- peripheral joint pain (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle)
- frozen shoulder
- sports injuries
- muscle spasm, tension and inability to relax
- circulatory problems
What can I expect?
Osteopathic treatment will vary greatly depending on the symptoms, the level of pain the person is experiencing, along with their age and build. We will discuss the different techniques and approaches we will use at all stages during your treatment, and we will adapt the way we work according to your feedback. For example, if a particular technique causes discomfort or has been ineffective, we can use alternative different methods to achieve a better result for your needs.
Osteopathic treatment often involves the following: soft-tissue massage to the muscles to improve drainage and blood flow and to stretch out tight areas; articulation of restricted joints (often done rhythmically) to increase the joint's range of movement; and high-velocity low-amplitude thrusts (this involves a small, very fast movement being put through a joint and can often result in a clicking noise, just like the click that can be heard when you crack your knuckles).
The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.
Please note, some conditions cannot be treated with osteopathy and in such cases we would look to refer you to your GP or for consultation with the relevant consultant.
A protected title
The title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. The GOsC can and will prosecute individuals who practise as osteopaths when they are not on the GOsC Register.
Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year in order to retain their licence to practise. As part of this process it is mandatory for osteopaths to complete a number of hours of continuing professional development (CPD). The GOsC also ensures all osteopaths hold current professional indemnity insurance, and remain in good health and of good character.