Chesham Osteopathy – Special New Year 2018 Offer

Up to 50% off consultation fees – download your voucher today! (pdf).

-> New patient consultation: usually £60, NOW only £40!

-> Follow up consultation: usually £48, NOW only £38!

-> TPI golf movement screen: usually £50, NOW only £25!

These special fees only apply to appointment bookings for Tuesdays or Fridays in our Chesham clinic throughout January and February 2018. Bookings for other days are charged at normal rate.

Make an appointment to see us if you suffer from:

  • Muscle/tendon strains, ligament sprains
  • Acute or chronic long-standing problems
  • Joint pain or stiffness (including osteo-arthritic or rheumatic)
  • Muscle spasms, tightness or cramping
  • Experienced attacks of sciatica or trapped nerves
  • Postural problems caused by driving or workplace strain
  • Repetitive stresses and strains, or headaches that start in your neck, or feel tight and tense
  • Or require some additional post-operative rehabilitation after fractures, muscle or joint surgery

We specialise in treating sports injuries, muscle strains and ligament sprains.

Osteopathy for Low Back Pain

Low back pain and sciatica – new NICE guidelines

In November 2016 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) released updated guidelines for the assessment and treatment of low back pain in adults.

What do the guidelines say?

In reviewing evidence the guidance outlines that a multi-modal approach to the care of patients proves most effective.

In addition to manual therapy and patient exercise/activity, such as through Osteopathy; there is also recognition of the importance of helping patients to regain control through self-management approaches and the role of psychological care.

Where to find the new guidance

The full guidelines are available on the NICE UK website

The Low Back Pain and Sciatica guidelines – in summary

  • Manual therapy* is recommended as part of a multi-modal package that should include exercise
  • Exercise is recommended alongside at least one from; manual therapy, self-management or psychological therapy (e.g. cognitive behavioural therapy)
  • NSAIDS are to be offered for non-specific low back pain at the lowest dose for the shortest time possible (taking into account risk factors, including age)

*Described as manipulation, mobilisation or soft tissue techniques

If you suffer from low back pain – book an appointment with our Osteopath today.


About low back pain and sciatica

  • Low back pain is common in working-age adults (particularly 40-60 years old). A UK survey reported that in 1998, 40% of adults had low back pain lasting longer than 1 day in the previous 12 months.
  • Treating all types of back pain costs the NHS more than £1000 million per year. In 1998 the direct healthcare costs of all back pain in the UK were estimated at £1623 million.
  • Sciatica is a relatively common condition with a lifetime incidence ranging from 13 to 40%. The corresponding annual incidence of an episode of sciatica ranges from 1 to 5%.
  • The incidence of sciatica is related to age. Rarely seen before 20, incidence peaks in our 40’s and then declines.
  • People who have sciatica usually have pain in the leg, and may also have low back pain. It is most commonly caused by a herniated intervertebral disc, but there are other causes of nerve root impingement in the lower back.
  • Treatment of sciatica depends on the cause of the nerve impingement as well as the severity of symptoms. In the majority of cases, symptoms caused by a herniated disc resolve with conventional management.

 

Osteopathy for golf movement and performance

Osteopathy promotes healthy movement

At Rebalance Osteopathy our initial clinical focus with a patient invariably revolves around the reduction of painful symptoms experienced by the patient. As pain is usually the reason patients seek our help in the first place.

However, Osteopath’s look at more than just the obvious outward symptoms (such as pain!) of a dysfunction … our aim is to identify the root cause – and any contributing factors which caused the body to ‘breakdown’ at that particular time.

In many cases this can often be traced back to movement – either a reduced or a complete lack of movement in a certain joint or part of the body, or a faulty, imbalanced movement pattern.

So what’s this got to do with golf?

Basically, your​ ​golf swing is a complex, co-ordinated series of movements. And the golf swing, even at it’s most elegant and powerful, is also a fairly unusual sequence of movements too!

So, if your body isn’t moving correctly then it may be stoppping your swing becoming as consistent, efficient a​nd powerful as it can be. It may even cause an injury through an inefficent golf swing.

Golfer with back pain

Many golfers suffer injury and lower back pain

Fundament TPI Concept

This is the fundamental concept taught in the Titleist Performance Institute’s Level 1 certification programme. They define it as:

The Body-Swing Connection™

However, this does not mean that the aim is for every golfer to end up with the same ‘ideal’ range of movement and golf swing, as efficiency is unique to their body.

Too much movement? A golf swing also requires both stability and control

Too much movement in part of the body can be as detrimental to the golf swing as a lack of it.

TPI philosophy simplifies our complex series of joints and motion segments down to a MOBILITY/STABILITY alternating pattern.

As first noted by Mike Boyle and Gray Cook.

“The body works in an alternating pattern of stable segments connected by mobile joints. If this pattern is altered – dysfunction and compensation will occur.”

Alternating Stability and Mobility

A summary of Stability and Mobility in a simple graphic (taken from TPI Instructor notes)

So if an area of ‘Stability‘ is weak and not able to provide that stability during the swing; e.g. we have a weak core, then the swing may be detrimentally affected.

Conversely, if an area of ‘Mobility‘ has a restricted range of movement; e.g. a stiff upper back, then again the swing may be detrimentally affected.

But the first step is ALWAYS to screen the golfer, to ascertain what key movements related to the golf swing the client/patient cannot achieve satisfactorily – and what might be done to address that improper range of movement or faulty, imbalanced movement pattern.

Osteopathic treatment can help provide Stability and Mobility

Osteopaths are experts at body movement. So after screening your body for movement patterns and restrictions, we can work with the golfer to address area of dysfunctional Stability and/or Mobility.

At Rebalance Osteopathy our key aims are to:

  • Reduce any pain levels you may already have; enable you to play pain-free!
  • Minimise chance of injury or re-injury; so you can play MORE golf!
  • Help you swing and strike the ball more consistently, improving your accuracy
  • And help you hit the ball further!

So book your screen with us. MOVE! for Golf and improve YOUR game today!


See also this The Golfer’s Guide To Lower Back Pain, by Dr Greg Rose on the TPI website for a more in-depth look at how the TPI screening process combined with physical therapy (such as Osteopathy), can help keep you healthy and playing golf.

First Appointment with an Osteopath? What to expect …

First appointment with an Osteopath? Let’s answer your questions

Many visitors to our clinic have never been to a therapist before, let alone an Osteopath – so there can be some trepidation at what to expect at a first appointment.

  • Is it all just about ‘clicking’ bones?
  • Will it hurt?
  • Do I need to undress?

Our main aim at Rebalance Osteopathy is to address the painful physical issues you came to see us about and formulate a management plan to do that, with your consent. But just as important is to make you feel completely at ease during your visit, so that you feel part of the treatment process – keeping you fully informed throughout the entire appointment.

We have an Appointment page on our site which details how our first appointments work – and the Frequently Asked Questions that all Osteopaths get asked.


To further help our patients here is an excellent YouTube video all about Osteopathy and what will happen during your first appointment …


Institute of Osteopathy member Rebecca Wedlake, appeared on Swansea’s Bay TV
to explain Osteopathy, and what to expect at your first appointment.

 

 

 

Titleist Golf Ball

More about Golf and the TPI

Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) – Free Golf Resources for you!

TPI seeks to educate golf industry and allied professionals, as well as the playing public, on the importance of the body and how it relates to the golf swing.

The MyTPI website​ contains a wealth of information on how to improve YOUR game. Including articles, online video, drills and exercises; as well as more details about the ‘Swing Characteristics’ our Specialist Movement screen is designed to ​work on.

Click the link above to see what’s on offer …

TPI Certified

Michael is Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified

Michael is now TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Certified to Level One.

Being certified means Michael has studied essential golf biomechanics and golf swing characteristics – and how your swing is effected by your bodies ability to move (or not!).

Michael now offers a Specialist Movement Screen for Golfers. This assesses your ability to move in ways expected during the golf swing.

Book a test now – and improve your golf swing today!​

Osteopathy for Neck Pain

Welcome to the Launch of Rebalance Osteopathy

​Rebalance Osteopathy launches new clinic in Chesham.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Osteopathy clinical practice at The Bagnall Centre for Integrated Healthcare in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

We can offer appointments for both adults and children (over the age of 10 years).
See our main web page for updated details of clinic opening times, consultation fee’s etc..

Please contact us by phone (07746 811388) or email (michael@rebalanceosteopathy.com) to see how we can help.