Howard Beardmore DO Osteopath

Three Mile Cross Aborfield Reading Berkshire RG7 1HD        

0118 9885293

Osteopathic treatment - what to expect.

Bodywork, dietary and lifestyle advice


A full osteopathic treatment should involve taking a case history to get the 'story' behind the problem.  You will be asked questions about your lifestyle, stress factors, your diet and any previous medical history that may be relevant to your presenting condition.


I like drawing diagrams to illustrate how a strain in one part of the body can produce symptoms elsewhere.  This is really common in arm and leg conditions,  like the commonly called 'tennis elbow' and 'housemaid's knee'.  Often there is a twist in the pelvis or upper back that is causing the affected limb to 'hang out of kilter'.  There are no RCT trials to support this way of looking at problems because it is impossible to treat these issues in isolation.  We won't  just  'treat ' the bit that hurts, we will try to address the context that has led to the problem.


The general osteopathic bodywork routine


Instead of just focusing on the 'bit that hurts'   it is important to try and understand that if the problem has been there for some time, the whole body will have compensated.


For example - if you wear a plaster cast on your leg, at first you will limp because the leg will be longer. After a short time the pelvis will tilt up to accommodate the cast and the limp will lessen or seem to disappear.  When the cast comes off most people have a limp because the soft tissues will have contracted during the time the cast was on.


I always use a general osteopathic routine as a framework for every session.  This took  four years of training and 2000 clinic hours to learn at the Maidstone College of Osteopathy principled by Mr John Wernham.  He was still practicing at the grand age of 99.