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Osteopathic Treatments at the Joshi Clinic London W1 (location)

The Joshi Clinic osteopaths offer comprehensive treatments in many areas and specialise in sports injuries, dance injuries, rheumatism, arthritis and prenatal / postnatal conditions. At our London clinic we offer respite and relief for on-going conditions that caused pain, discomfort and lack of mobility. We also offer a comprehensive osteopathic corporate service for clients in the UK, Greater London, The West End, The City of London and internationally (based at our clinic). Consultations are also available in Dubai.

Popular Osteopathic Treatments:
  • Lower back pain (lumbago)
  • Upper back pain (thoracic spinal pain)
  • Arthritis | osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rheumatological conditions
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Sciatica and Disc injuries
  • Headaches and Migranes
  • Joint pain and aches
  • Muscular pain
  • Prenatal pregnancy pain
  • Postpartum issues | pain following childbirth
  • Tendonitis (tennis elbow) and Bursitis
  • Repetitive Strain Injury | RSI
  • Jaw pain or dysfunction
  • Whiplash | post-traumatic injury
  • Stress

Treatments suitable for patients with:

  • Aches, pains, injuries and stress
  • Sports injuries
  • Dance injuries
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Pregnancy pain
  • Skin conditions
  • Respiratory issues
  • Immune disorders
  • Asthma
  • Eczema

What is Osteopathy?
Our bodies depend on the smooth and effective operation of a finely tuned, complex system of bones and joints, controlled by muscles, activated and co-ordinated by nerves; the bones and joints themselves surrounded by soft tissues containing fluids of the circulatory system. Changes in the subtle balance of this neuro-musculoskeletal system can result in altered flexibility and mobility, disturbance of the blood supply and drainage, and dysfunction of the nervous system. Such changes are most commonly the effects of physical strain or injury, but may be cause by aspects of lifestyle or stress.

Osteopathy is concerned with maintaining and restoring the equilibrium of this system. When something goes wrong, osteopaths diagnose the cause, whether this relates to the spinal column, or to peripheral soft tissues, joints or organs. In some cases they may refer the patient to a medical doctor for further tests/or treatment. In many cases they relieve the condition by the use of a combination of different osteopathic techniques. As preventative medicine specialists, osteopaths advise methods of minimising and avoiding occupational strain, and suggest effective alterations to lifestyle.

Detailed and thorough patient examination and diagnosis, involving the use of highly developed palpatory skills, allow osteopaths to deal with a wide variety of conditions that respond to manual forms of treatment. The range of such conditions is wider than is commonly supposed.

For example, some kinds of headache, asthma and other conditions not apparently connected with the musculoskeletal system can benefit considerably from osteopathic treatment. Some of the discomfort experienced by some women during and after pregnancy is a time when many postural and mobility problems associated with the back, hip, knees and feet become apparent and can be treated with great success.

The Consultation
At the Joshi Clinic, when you attend a consultation, your osteopath begins with taking down a full and detailed case history. This is followed by a thorough physical examination. Your osteopath pays particular attention to the your overall musculoskeletal structure and it’s functioning; as well as to your general mobility and to the balance of the tone of particular muscle groups. All of these are assessed using the sense of touch, which your osteopath masters during training. At this stage your osteopath may request further examinations, utilising diagnostics imaging or laboratory tests.

At the end of the examination your osteopath makes the initial diagnosis of deciding how many osteopathic methods are likely to help you. If it is concluded that osteopathy will help your ailments, your osteopath will commence with the appropriate course of treatment.

The Treatment
In a typical treatment, they will use a carefully selected combination of specific techniques. This will include relaxing relevant muscles, and gentle work on joints to improve ranges of movement. In some instances, such as osteo-arthritis, where there is stiffness and degeneration of joints, it may be that modest relief of and some ease of movement is all that can be expected. Then this is all the treatment will involve.

If your osteopath considers it suitable, treatment may incorporate “high velocity thrust”, which involves putting a specific joint through a short range of movement at a very high velocity. Each treatment is individually designed according to the practitioner’s findings and your needs.

Throughout the treatment, your osteopath keeps an independent check on your progress. In some cases they may recommend exercises for you to follow at home. These will be designed to assist your recovery by actively involving you in the process. Your osteopath takes an interest in your way of life, work and other activities. Advice on how to modify your lifestyle is an important part of the management and prevention of further problems.

The majority of patients will receive the maximum benefits from five to seven treatments; however, others will need continuing attention to maintain a satisfactory level of mobility and relief of pain. If after the examination your osteopath decides that either osteopathic treatment is inappropriate or you should have further examination, they may, with your consent, communicate directly with your doctor.

For treatments and consultations please contact the Joshi Clinic (location):

T: 020 7487 5456

Osteopath at the Joshi Clinic London