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The Old Coach House Clinic
Manor Close, Tunbridge Wells
Kent, TN4 8YB


7 days 0900-1900

Treatment

Formulating a course of treatment specifically for you

When you arrive for your first appointment a full case history will be taken.  This will include questions about your current health, past medical history and treatment.

Following your case history, depending on the presentation of your current symptoms, a full musculoskeletal evaluation may be necessary.  This will involve a few simple movements to assess your range of movement and  perhaps some orthopaedic and other tests, relevant to your specific condition.

Once it has been established that it is safe for you to receive treatment, a course of treatment will be formulated specifically for you.  This may comprise of a single therapy eg. osteopathy or acupuncture,  or a combination of techniques eg osteopathy with acupuncture.  Obviously, if you only wish to receive one particular therapy, then your treatment will be based around that therapy.  Once you are happy with  what is proposed, your treatment will begin.

Your initial consultation will usually last up to 40 minutes.  Subsequent sessions between 30-40 minutes.  However, treatment times vary according to the nature of patients symptoms, and consultations can be longer or shorter than this. If acupuncture is used, either in combination with osteopathy or by itself, only single-use sterile disposable needles are employed.  Patients are advised to wear loose-fitting clothing but may expect to remove some clothing to enable clinical evaluation and treatment.  Advice is often given with regard to diet, lifestyle, exercise and first aid measures that may be used to complement your treatment.

Acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine, a tried and tested healthcare system, practiced over many thousands of years as part of the traditional medicine of China, Japan, and other eastern countries.

The earliest records of acupuncture date back over 2000 years and it is thought to have begun with the discovery that stimulation of specific areas of the skin affects the functioning of certain organs. It has evolved into a system of medicine that restores and maintains health by the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points just beneath the body surface. These points are very specific locations and lie on channels of energy. Moxibustion, the warming of acupuncture points through the use of smouldering herbs, is often used as a supplement.

Both are powerful forms of medicine and can be used for treating a wide range of conditions, in particular musculoskeletal pain; headaches and migraine; stress, anxiety and low energy; digestive and respiratory conditions; and infertility, menstrual and menopausal conditions.

More recently the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has supported its use for the treatment of low back pain. Many patients often report the feeling of wellbeing after each session.

Click here for summaries of research and how acupuncture may be beneficial for you.

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

For your body to function well, its structure must also work well. Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, by the use of touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help the body’s own healing mechanisms. Advice about posture and exercise is often given to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms reoccurring. Patients include the young and old, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, repetitive strain injury, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries. 

Osteopaths vary their treatment methods according to their patients’ problems and one of the techniques at the more subtle end of the spectrum of different treatment approaches is Cranial osteopathy which is a refined and gentle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very soft manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head. It is extremely effective in treating a wide range of conditions in people of all ages, from birth to old age.

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