Intro to Osteopathy
Remedium Wellness is a highly rated Osteopath treatment practice based on the outskirts of Worcester in Worcestershire.
Our professional team of Osteopaths help treat several chronic and acute pain problems such as sciatica, neck pain, back pain, sports injuries and virtually everything relating to muscular and skeletal (bone) issues, including orthopaedic testing/ diagnosis and referral for further imaging for fractures.
If you are having joint problems, ongoing mobility issues or any other physical pain then it's likely our registered Osteopaths can help you!
Read below about Remedium Wellness, about what our Osteopathic clinic provides and problems we can help you to solve.
Our Osteopathic Clinic in Worcester
Remedium Wellness has great testimonials, we are the highest rated Osteopathic clinic in the Worcester area on Google. Remedium was started by clinical director Ewen McDonald in 2021, with the belief that there was a distinct lack of gold standard Osteopathic care in the Worcestershire area. The mission statement of Remedium Wellness is to combine evidence based sports medicine with Osteopathy to provide expert musculoskeletal injury diagnosis with a remedial, holistic approach to health care that enables patients to get back on their feet ASAP.
Osteopathic treatment can help with the management and healing of a wide range of conditions such as; migraine, spinal pain, tennis elbow, golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis), ligament pain (lateral epidondylitis), non specific lower back pain, muscular tissue restriction, joint pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, sciatica, slipped disc, sacroiliac joint pain, chronic exertional compartment syndrome, carpal tunnel, radiculopathy, osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), cervicogenic headaches, muscle strains, muscle graded tears, lymphatic drainage, joint mobility and range of motion, pins and needles, ACL, MCL and collateral ligament rehabilitation, TMJ dysfunction and much more.
We are Your Local Osteopath Experts....
Our Remedium Wellness clinic is based in Worcestershire, just on the outskirts of Worcester near Hallow. The clinic is located on Top Barn Business Centre, just opposite Hill Top Cafe, with ample free parking, and easy access to the building, including wheelchair accessibility, the clinic is well fitted to patients from all walks of life to be able to visit us. We have on site facilities, and you can enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee whilst you wait in our aesthetically pleasing wait area.
The Remedium Team
Remedium's friendly team of Osteopaths are all General Osteopathic Council (GOSC) registered, and focus on structural Osteopathy rather than other modalities, such as Cranial. In order to register, Osteopaths must undertake a 4-5 year Bachelors of Science, covering in depth education on anatomy, physiology and pathology, making an Osteopath a highly skilled, well rounded practitioner, capable of diagnosis and treatment of all types of conditions, both musculoskeletal, as well as systemic. It is this level of in depth study that has pushed Osteopathy into the wider healthcare arena, such as in the NHS and ensured that the profession, and title "Osteopath" is protected by law, meaning you can depend upon us to uphold high levels of professional care.
Click here to find out more: https://www.remedium-wellness.com/team
What is an Osteopath?
We often get asked the questions, so what actually is an Osteopath.. or, whats the difference between an Osteopath or a physiotherapist?
Well let us explain! Osteopathy was first created in the United Stated in 1874 by a physician called A.T. Osteopathy is still practiced in the USA, but unlike in the UK, American Osteopaths are trained Doctors, giving them the title Doctor of Osteopathy (DOs).
In comparison, UK trained Osteopaths are Musculoskeletal experts that predominantly help patients with problems relating to the bodies muscular and skeletal system, despite this, Osteopaths in the UK are also trained to possess a superb foundation knowledge of systemic health, including disease and dysfunction knowledge - which in a lot of instances has proven to help with the diagnosis of underlying conditions that may have been missed by a different practitioner, especially if the appointment time was minimal.
Osteopaths provide their care by combining four main principles to the way in which they look at, and treat the body. These principles have been derived from the original tenets of Osteopathy as below:
1) The Body Is A Unit
The body is considered as a whole. Each part affects each and every other part and the whole is greater than simply the sum of its parts.
2) Structure Governs Function
If the structure of the body is compromised (for example through injury, overuse, strain, etc.), then it is very likely to have an adverse affect on its function (for example manifesting as pain, stiffness, instability, etc.).
3) The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance
Every person has their own built in healing mechanisms, which can be stimulated and supported by removing restrictive barriers. Once the barriers are removed, the body is usually able to resolve all but the most serious conditions.
4) The ‘Rule of the Artery’ Is Supreme
For healing to occur there needs to be a good enough blood supply to provide the troubled area with the necessary immune cells and nutrients.
Osteopaths treat people from all walks of life, and is suitable for all ages. From young athletes that want to improve their athletic performance, to pensioners who just want to be able to receive care to keep them pottering around the garden pain free!, Osteopaths utilise many different techniques, such as soft and deep tissue massage, joint mobilisation, joint adjustment (joint cracking), muscle energy techniques, neuro-mobilisations and physical therapy through exercise and rehabilitation prescription in order to facilitate the above principles into a persons overall picture of health. An all encompassing, empathetic approach, whereby the patient is listened to and understood, is essential in achieving a therapeutic outcome through Osteopathic treatment.
So what can I expect from my Osteopathic appointment?
When arriving for your appointment, park up at our on-site parking space as shown below:
Our clinic is directly opposite this parking space. If there is already a patient using the space, please feel free to drive towards Hill Top Cafe, take a right, and to park in any of the slots on the left that DO NOT have a unit sign in front of them.
Take a seat in our well appointed waiting area, make yourself a hot drink or take a glass of water and relax.
No need to knock on any of the doors, when our practitioners are ready, they will come out, welcome you and invite you into your appointment.
If you are a new patient attending your first appointment at Remedium, the practitioner will go through the following process over 45 minutes, to lean a little more about you as a person, what may have lead you to this stage in your health journey, and to pick apart your presentation for vital clues that may guide your diagnosis.
1. An in depth medical history discussion. 10-20 minutes.
2. Measure your blood pressure and pulse oxygen levels if deemed necessary. 3-5 minutes.
3. An in depth postural assessment, with range of motion and strength/stability testing. 5 minutes.
4. If required, various Orthopaedic testing may be used by your practitioner in order to gather a more thorough diagnosis. 5 minutes
5. Osteopathic treatment, including joint mobilisation, soft tissue massage techniques and muscle energy techniques. 10-20 minutes (depending on how in depth your presentation may be).
6. Physical therapy exercise plan with an at home rehab plan prescribed (sometimes this is done on the second appointment and is down to the practitioners discretion).
Your Follow-Up appointment session (30 minutes) will follow a similar format:
1. A Brief catch up on how things have felt since your last appointment. 0-5 minutes.
2. Continuation of Osteopathic treatment. 15-20 minutes.
3. Revisit your exercise plan and make adjustments where necessary, or you may be informed to continue until further change occurs. 5 minutes.
What areas do we cover?
◦ Stourport on Severn
◦ Fernhill Heath
◦ Droitwich Spa
◦ Tenbury Wells.
Frequently Asked Questions:
◦ What is the difference between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor?
Osteopaths and Chiropractors are cut from a similar cloth. However, there are some distinct differences that govern the way in which these two professions view, and treat the body. Chiropractic theory was originally derived from the belief that dysfunction within the body came from Neurological disruption. In lay mans terms, believing impingements and issues occurring within the nervous system to be the root cause of dysfunction. Osteopathy took a similar view, only differing a different opinion on the impinged structure, declaring the "rule of the artery is supreme', again in lay mans terms, suggesting the impingement of vascular structures to be the root cause of disease and dysfunction within human physiology. Evidence based medicine has of course shown that poor health is far more multifaceted, in doing so, bringing the two professions much closer together. On the whole however, Osteopaths will utilise similar techniques to Chiropractors, such as 'adjustments' or 'clicking' of the joints, and combine other techniques such as deep tissue massage, gentle joint mobilisation, muscle energy stretching techniques and physically therapy based specific home rehabilitation to fill your appointment time. Osteopath's tend to view the body more as a whole, rather than looking at a specific area of dysfunction, your Osteopath will look at why your area of dysfunction may have occurred by looking at clues elsewhere in the body.
Unlike Chiropractors, Osteopath's do not regularly use X-Ray in order to diagnose more complex conditions such as disc herniations or osteoarthritis, instead a combination of Orthopaedic testing and palpation is used to gather a picture of what may be occurring with the area, at which point, further investigation may be requested via a fully qualified Radiographer, or via referral to the patients GP if the Osteopath deems this necessary. This is in order to avoid excessive radiation be placed through the patient, and in doing so, holds true to the Osteopathic tenet of Osteopathy being a truly holistic approach to healthcare.
◦ Can an Osteopath help with Sciatica?
Yes! Absolutely, Osteopathy has been shown to reduce the symptoms of sciatica. A meta analysis in 2005 recruited patients with lower back pain, alongside sciatica, and showed that 'Osteopathic Manual Therapy (OMT) significantly reduces low back pain'. Sciatica and lower back pain are often associated with disc herniation (slipped disc as it is commonly known), Osteoarthritis (stenosis) and myoligamentous strain . Through manual manipulation of surround guarded musculature, a neurological mechanism allows for reduction of tone, which in turn enables the patient to be able to move better, and begin an effective, tailored rehabilitation plan in order to avoid further incidences of lower back pain or disc herniations in the future through greater spinal stability, thus creating a more stable environment for the disc to heal and strengthen.
◦ What do Osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths treat patients of all ages, from babies to elderly pensioners! Here's just a few common conditions that we help our patients with day-to-day in clinic:
- Degenerative Hips - Arthritis symptom & pain relief.
- Hip Bursitis pain relief.
- Hip Impingement.
- Runners Knee
- ITB Syndrome
- ACL/MCL Rehabilitation
- Disc Herniation (Slipped disc).
- Headache/ Migraine.
- Frozen shoulder.
- Rotator cuff injury.
- Post surgery rehabilitation protocols.
- Nerve Entrapment.
- Swimmers Shoulder.
- Tendonitis/ Tendinopathy.
If you have been affected by any of the above conditions, or are currently suffering, you can book an initial consultation now with one of our expert Osteopaths by clicking Here . Or alternatively you can drop us a message here: Message us to speak to our team to get suitable advice in terms of how to help you get back on your feet!
◦ How much do you charge for an Osteopath appointment?
1. Initial Consultations (your first time of visiting the clinic) - £60
2. Follow up appointments - £50
3. New presentation consultation (when you return with a new problem) - £55
◦ How long is an Osteopath appointment?
1. Initial Consultation (your first time of visiting the clinic) - 45 minutes
2. Follow up appointments - 30 minutes
3. New presentation consultations (when you come back to the clinic with a new problem) - 45 minutes
◦ Is Osteopathy painful?
As is with all effective manual therapy techniques, some patients may experience certain levels of discomfort during the treatment process, as well as through the physical therapy routine thereafter. However, your Remedium Osteopath will explain how things are "expected to feel", and work within your pain limits to ensure the best therapeutic outcome possible for you as an individual! Your Osteopath may also recommend the use of ice or heat following treatment in order to reduce post treatment pain by neurologically dampening the area that has been worked upon.
◦ Can I claim back my appointment on my health insurance?
Many of our patients have private healthcare insurance that they utilise in order to fund their Osteopathic treatments. Currently, our Osteopath Connie is registered as an registered Osteopath under AVIVA & AXA healthcare, meaning you can claim back a percentage of your appointment with Connie - Book now with Connie! . A lot of other private healthcare providers will also allow for claims to be made with registered Osteopaths. If this is something you are interested in, please mention it to your practitioner following your session, and they will add their GOSC registration number to your Invoice for you to claim back on.
Some closing thoughts....
Osteopathy is brilliant! many of our our patients comment on how they leave the clinic feeling as though Remedium's care has really helped, with a new sense of calm, and an improved ability to sleep and relax thereafter. Mobilisation of your joints and limbs, with passive stretch of stiff muscles amongst a wide variety of other techniques, all whilst having a compassionate and caring practitioner listen to you and your story, is a proven stress buster. Improving your overall wellbeing in terms of your mind, body and spirit, encompassing the very essence of Osteopathic care, and here at Remedium, we make this our mission. So no matter your age, size, gender or belief system, your Osteopath will work with integrity to give your musculoskeletal system the guidance it needs to get you back on your feet, better, stronger and more pain free than ever before.