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Osteopath and Exercise Therapy in Guernsey, Channel Islands

 What I do

I provide a mobile osteopathy and movement service that covers the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands

Osteopathy and Movement integrates osteopathic treatment with tailored exercise therapy and dietary analysis to help you make a thorough recovery from musculoskeletal pain and injury.

Using a range of interventions that progress from soft tissue massage, manipulation and acupuncture into active techniques such as movement coaching and strength training, you will be expertly guided through every step of your recovery.

The aim of this integrated treatment approach is to firstly help people understand and resolve pain and injury, then empower and motivate each individual to achieve a more robust physical condition in order to thrive and remain pain free.

If you’re looking for treatment that not only resolves pain but also helps you build a better relationship with your physical condition contact me now to see how I can help.

Why I do it

As an Osteopath and Exercise Therapist in Guernsey, I regularly encounter people who have received many hours of manual therapy treatment and are still in poor physical condition and experiencing recurrent pain. Many of these people have lost confidence in their movement and have developed limiting beliefs about themselves, often as a result of radiological investigations and interpretations from various health professionals.

Unhelpful beliefs about the body and the anticipation of  pain reduces movement capacity, and often creates a fear of activities such as therapeutic exercise. As a result, people often rely on passive treatments such as manipulation, which may provide transient relief at the expense of long term resolution.

Gradual exposure to movement and exercise decreases the perceived threat of pain, improves the body’s tolerance of movement  and ability to cope with the rigours of everyday life.

Effective pain and injury management starts by helping the individual understand their discomfort, and is accomplished with a progressive exposure to relevant, challenging and stimulating movement/exercise.

Osteopathy and Movement provides a range of effective treatment that educates and empowers each individual to become robust and remain pain free.

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Osteopathy and Movement in Guernsey, Channel Islands FAQ’s

 Assessment and Case History

Pain demands an explanation! So if you’re suffering from musculoskeletal pain, a comprehensive physical assessment will help me provide you with an understandable explanation of the possible causes and contributing factors to your symptoms.

By firstly listening to you and gathering key information, I will then create a bespoke physical assessment. Based on your information and my findings, I will design an individualized treatment plan around your goals.

 Treatment

If you’re suffering from acute pain or injury, gentle osteopathic techniques and acupuncture  can help to immediately reduce pain intensity. When you feel ready, we will begin to practice specific and progressive movement patterns which will re establish your confidence, strength and function in the injured area. Dietary analysis will also be offered in order to enhance the healing process.

If you’re suffering from persistent or chronic pain, I will help you understand how and why pain is produced and also introduce you to effective strategies that will help you overcome the burden of conditions such as non specific low back pain.

The objective of treatment is to empower you with the reassurance, confidence, motivation and knowledge to maintain a pain free and robust state of health.

On initial consultation I will ask you questions about your pain experience in order to help me understand you and your discomfort better. After that I will perform a physical assessment based on your information and what you want to achieve.

This may require me to see the affected body part, so please come dressed in adequate underwear (sports bra, shorts etc).

Then, after a concise and simple explanation of the findings, I will give you an idea of the type of treatment and time frame that will be required to get you back to your best. If you’re happy we will then start on an individualized course of osteopathic treatment and movement.

If further investigations are required I may also refer you onto another health professional.

The predominantly passive and gentle techniques that define osteopathy are highly therapeutic but only address part of the necessary rehabilitation process. Because musculoskeletal injury and pain often results in muscle wasting and loss of strength. When pain is reduced, strength, endurance, ability and power need restoring in order to reduce the potential of re-injury. This is why my integrated approach merges passive osteopathic treatment  with active movement and strength training to provide you with a thorough course of treatment that enables you to remain pain free and more physically resilient to the rigours of your activities.

Traditionally osteopathic treatment is applied while the patient is recumbent on a plinth. Any positive effect we have on the body in this position may not be apparent when you’re on your feet and active. You may feel pain free whilst resting on a plinth, but pain may still be present when you commence activity again. For this reason my dynamic treatment gets you up and active, leaving you feeling both strong and confident.

Two of the most important components of effective pain management are the relationship between the patient and the practitioner and the consistency of treatment. As mentioned previously, pain demands an explanation and unfortunately many people suffering from persistent pain, go from therapist to therapist in a search for a remedy. This often results in a lack of consistent treatment and differing opinions based on different therapist beliefs. This often results in confusion, frustration, and an escalation of fear around movement and exercise.

Persistent pain can be difficult to manage, but by understanding your experience I can provide consistent, progressive and evidence-informed treatment designed to increase your confidence and activity levels whilst reducing the negative impact of pain on your daily life. This will be achieved by developing a strong professional relationship that empowers you with the control over your discomfort in the knowledge that pain does not necessarily mean harm.

Osteopath Guernsey, Channel Islands

Osteopathy and Movement provides high quality  time and cost effective treatment for musculoskeletal pain

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