frequently asked questions

 

Why should I go to Alison for Osteopathic treatment?

 

Over 25 Years’ of Clinical Expertise to 

Alison brings over 25 years’ of clinical expertise to help diagnose and bring about a resolution to your problems. She is passionate about helping people recover from trauma or injury and enjoys educating patients so as to understand the condition and help prevent future problems. She very rarely uses high velocity manipulation (when you hear a click) as there are more effective and safer ways to treat a problem.

 

Specialist Training to Help Performing Artists and People with Voice Problems

Alison’s specialist areas are helping Performers, particularly musicians, wth recovering from and preventing injuries and helping singers and professional speakers with voice problems.


Bespoke Osteopathy

Each consultation / treatment is tailored to suit each individual, there is no one size fits all when it comes to treatment at Alison's practice.


Expertise to deal with complex cases

The experience that Alison has gained from being in practice for over 25 years, alongside having taught in undergraduate colleges and clinic, allows her to sort out the most complex cases, she is often referred cases for 2nd opinion for people who have struggled to get a diagnosis.
 

Is Osteopathy Safe?

Yes. All osteopaths are statutorily registered with the General Osteopathic Council. Osteopaths have very in-depth clinical training and are primary health professionals who can be consulted and diagnose and treat without a GP referral.  Alison continually attends post graduate training.


Do osteopaths only treat backs?

No. While evaluation of the mechanics and disorders of the spine is a major part of Alison's training there are many other injuries or problems that can be effectively treated.
 

Do osteopaths treat muscle tendon and ligaments?

Yes, Alison has many years experience in treating muscular, tendon and ligament injuries.
 

I don’t like being manipulated (clicked), can I still have osteopathic treatment?

Yes. Alison very rarely uses high velocity manipulation Alison has a wide range of techniques that she uses.
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I have osteoporosis can I still receive osteopathic treatment?

Yes. Alison is experienced in treating people with osteoporosis and can gently help to relieve the discomfort, spasms and pain associated with this condition. She can also help with advising on general lifestyle to deal with this condition and refers directly for scans to check bone density when appropriate.
 

What is the difference between an Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor or Sports Therapist?  

Osteopathy is a unique clinical regulated profession. The Osteopath looks for the root cause of the problem assessing the injury in relation to the rest of the body not as an isolated part. Think of the osteopath like an engineer for the human body. Rehabilitation exercises are used, but after treatment, not in isolation. Xrays, MRI scans and Bone Density Scans may be referred for in the same as doctors do to confirm pathology, degeneration or anatomical abnormalities when appropriate.

Physiotherapists tend to focus treatment on the injured part alone, physiotherapists put great emphasis on exercise as part of the treatment and focus on muscular disorders. They also undertake rehabilitation after illness such as stroke.

Chiropractors tend to focus on the facet joints of the spine and make greater use of high velocity thrusts ( when you hear a click) a of the spine and  use Xrays or scans as routine to look at spinal alignment.

Sports Therapists are trained to improve sports performance and to treat injuries when related to sport.
 

Could I go to a Massage Therapist?

Massage can be relaxing and can help with relieving muscular tension however it is a non specific relaxing therapy not a clinical treatment. If you are experiencing any pain, tingling, burning or swelling it is essential that you get a diagnosis from a health professional who is clinically trained.

Am I too old to have osteopathic treatment?

There is no upper age limit at Alison's practice. The oldest patient Alison has treated to date is 97!
 

Is my baby too young for osteopathic treatment?

The youngest baby Alison has treated was just 2 days old! Only very gentle techniques are used on babies. 
 

What professional bodies does Alison belong to?

Statutorily Registered with the General Osteopathic council no. 2517
Registered Practitioner with the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine
Member of the Osteopathic Performing Arts Care Association
Member of the Institute of Osteopathy
Member of the British Voice Association.
Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine