I qualified in 1989. In 1990 I set up my own practice in Fife and am based in Upper Largo and Kirkcaldy. In Kirkcaldy I work from Tolbooth House, which is a multi therapy centre.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment of problems of the musculoskeletal system, that is the bones, muscles and joints of our body. Osteopathic Treatment consists of work on muscles with soft tissue massage and joints with articulation techniques and manipulation. Osteopaths mainly use their hands to treat but we also give exercises and postural advice.
Since 1993 after the passing of The Osteopath Act all osteopaths have to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council which regulates the profession and protects the patients. We also have to do 30 hours of continuing professional development annually.
What can osteopathy help?
This can be any part of the spine.
Neck pain and headaches
The proper meaning of this is pain in the sciatic distribution in the leg but it is a term often used for leg pain in any area.
Although osteopathy cannot cure arthritis it can be very successful at treating the pain related to it and improving or help preserve the movement of the joint.
Hip and knee problems
Pain associated with the postural changes.
What happens when I first visit?
The first appointment takes approximately 45 minutes, the first part consists of an in depth history of the problem you are visiting about, and also any previous problems. Then questions are asked about your medical history and any medication you are on and your lifestyle. Following that you have an examination, which may involve removal of some clothing, and various movements performed to determine cause of the problem.
Any findings will then be explained to you and whether treatment could help. If it is decided osteopathic treatment is not suitable you may be referred to your GP or for further tests and no charge is made. There is full patient confidentiality and any referrals will be with your consent.
I will try and give you an idea of how many treatments you might need and what improvement you should expect. It is often difficult to give this exactly as it varies between individuals and sometimes I have a better idea after a couple of treatments. On the whole I expect an improvement within a couple of treatments.
If you agree I will treat you in the first appointment.
First appointment - £40 Subsequent appointments - £33
16-18 years old:
First appointment - £35 Subsequent appointments - £28
Cash & cheques accepted but no credit / debit cards
Philippa came to see me with pain at base of her neck, which started 2 weeks ago. Pain then spread to her left shoulder and arm and down to her hand. She also had pins and needles in the back of her hand.
When I took her full history I found she had been reaching into a cupboard at an awkward angle a few days before the pain started.
Her job involves a lot of standing with her arms being used all the time and she had suffered from a sore neck and shoulders before but never into her arm.
On examining her I found her neck and shoulder muscles on her left side were very tight and she had pain on bending her head down. She also found it difficult to move her left arm, she could only lift it as high as her shoulder and it was very painful. She had reduced movement in the joints at the base of her neck.
I explained to her we had to work on her muscles to make them less tight and I also got her to put an ice pack at the base of her neck to reduce inflammation.
Philippa had 3 treatments and with the pain in her arm reduced by the 2nd treatment. By the last treatment she was fine with no pain in her arm, no numbness in her hand and full movement of her neck and arm.
George came to see me after falling playing football 2 weeks ago and hurting his low back. Every time he played football this made his back worse.
He had had a similar problem a year ago again after playing football and it had eased after a couple of days, this time his back pain was not easing.
When I examined him he had very tight muscles at the bottom of his back and around his hips. He could bend forward but it was painful coming back up and painful bending backwards. He had reduced movement in the joints at the base of his back and it was quite inflamed. He had no other health problems.
I explained to George that I needed to work on his back to reduce the tightness in his muscles and improve the movement in the joints. He put an ice pack on his back to reduce the inflammation.
He came to see me 3 times after which his back was fine and he was able to play football with no problems.
Daisy came to see me with pain in her right knee, front and back which could travel up to her hip. She found it painful to squat and straighten up, and it was affecting her dancing and walking. When I took her full history she told me that she had an X ray of her left knee after some discomfort and they had found mild degenerative changes, but since that got better her right knee started and became a lot more painful. This had been going on for about a year.
When I examined her I found the muscles of her right hip were much tighter than her left, also tightness and tenderness of the inside and back of her thigh. Apart from some evidence of degeneration in both knees, there didn't seem to be any evidence of an internal problem with the ligaments or menisci.
I told Daisy I thought that due to her left knee being sore she had been protecting it and walking awkwardly which had caused a muscle imbalance of her right knee and hip which began to give her pain in her right knee and hip.
I worked on her muscles around her hip and thigh and after 4 treatments her knee was much easier, apart from some stiffness and she had no hip pain.
Obviously I cannot treat or improve degenerative changes and arthritis in joints, but by working on the muscles around the area this can greatly improve range of movement of the joint, enables people to do more exercise/movement of the joint and this can improve the amount of pain it gives them. Also it can help limit imbalance elsewhere caused by protecting the affected joint.
13 Tolbooth Street
Fife KY1 1RW
1 Gilston Bridge
Fife KY8 5QW