Our Osteopaths offer drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. Their aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Brad qualified as an Osteopath in July 2015 achieving a Masters level degree in Osteopathy from Leeds Beckett University and is fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council in the UK. In addition to his degree he has successfully completed courses in dry needling/acupuncture, which both aim to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain.
Brad is also qualified in kinesiology taping that can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, inflammatory conditions and postural problems as well as electrotherapy involving the use of ultrasound and TENS machine treatments for musculo-skeletal pain. Brad is also currently working as part of the medical team for the Gibraltar Football Association.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of complementary treatment that focuses on total body health and managing medical disorders. This is achieved by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, using manipulation and massage of the joints, muscles and spine.
Osteopathy differs from chiropractic or physiotherapy as osteopaths consider not only physical symptoms, but also the patient’s lifestyle, attitudes and overall health.
The aim is to positively affect the body's circulatory, lymphatic and nervous system. Osteopathy is a unique whole body approach, which concentrates on treating the problem area, but uses manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and wellbeing.
How can an osteopath help you?
An osteopath can help you in a number of different ways. Osteopathic treatment aims to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, promote the blood and nerve supply to tissues and helps the body's own healing mechanisms. This is achieved via a range of techniques, such as joint manipulation, articulation, soft/deep tissue massage, soft tissue stretch and often acupuncture or dry needling.
The aim of osteopathic treatment is to prevent any form of pain that inhibits an individual's life or daily routine, leading them towards a return to a normal and healthy lifestyle. Many individuals live with pain on a day-to-day basis, as it becomes part of their life. Regular nagging injuries are seen is normal, but it is something that should not be seen as normal and should be addressed.
An osteopath can help you return to your normal daily routine without the constant worry of any pain preventing you from doing things that make up part of your day-to-day life. This includes things such as; sports, exercise, hobbies, spending time with family, reading and sitting at work.
What conditions can an osteopath treat?
Osteopaths can help relieve the symptoms of many different conditions and injuries. These types of injuries can include individuals ranging from young children all the way through to an elderly person.
Many sports performers and athletes can benefit from osteopathic treatment. This allows their body to function to its maximum capacity and enable a level of high performance to be reached.
Throughout adolescent life many changes can occur within the human body and postural adaptations is a leading cause in muscular and joint injuries. Adults with a sedentary based job often seek osteopathic treatment as they complain of muscular problems and stiffness within joints, which prevent normal function within the body. Women can also suffer major postural adaptations throughout pregnancy and post pregnancy which leads to altered function of major joint systems within the body that can cause injury.
Osteopathic treatment can help relieve the symptoms of:
- Back, neck & Sciatic pain
- Whiplash associated disorder
- Postural problems
- Joint pain - shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle & foot
- Arthritic pain & Rheumatic pain
- Neuralgia & headaches
- Sports injuries
All treatment is always geared to an individual’s specific needs.
What happens/ can you expect during the first session?
During an initial consultation, a thorough case history is taken to gather all relevant information on symptoms and medical history to determine the best course of action for each individual and to formulate a working diagnosis.
If an osteopath feels that no referral to another medical practitioner (Such as a GP) is necessary and that the individual is safe to treat, then you will be asked to engage in a series of movements to assess the mobility of your body and identify any areas of dysfunction, weakness or strain. This includes:
- Postural assessment - Observation of posture, standing and sitting position
- Palpation of injured region and surrounding musculature
- Active movements of joints around the injured region
- Active resisted movements of surrounding musculature
- Special and diagnostic tests
Lifestyle factors such as previous injuries, work and leisure activities will be considered alongside the musculo-skeletal assessment to enable a full and comprehensive diagnosis of your body mechanics. The aim is to reduce pain and discomfort, allowing a progressive return to normal levels of activity through treatment and advice on rehabilitation. Following examination, the working diagnosis is re-evaluated and then treatment can take place.
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Pregnancy is an exciting but challenging experience for every woman. Her body fluctuates rapidly and must adjust to hormonal, postural and circulatory changes in a relatively short period of time. Osteopathy can help with the common complaints that many women experience during pregnancy such as lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, headaches and morning sickness.
Osteopaths recognise the changes that take place in the body throughout pregnancy and by balancing these changes, they can support mothers-to-be during this time. As most drugs are not recommended during pregnancy, a natural, gentle hands-on-treatment can be the best option for expecting mothers. Osteopathic treatment uses safe and gentle techniques, while making sure the mother is comfortable at all times.
After birth, the body must recover from the transformation made during pregnancy and delivery, as well as managing with the demands of having a new baby. Post-natal treatment is recommended to help the body return to the pre-pregnant state and treat any residual trauma from the birth to avoid possible and unnecessary long-term complications. Balancing tensions in the body will aid relaxation, which in turn helps with increasing confidence and boosting vitality to help mum enjoy her new baby and this very special time in their lives.
Paediatric Care: Cranial Osteopathy
Although medically healthy, some babies do suffer with issues such as colic, excessive crying, poor sleeping, difficulty feeding, excessive posseting or vomiting, preferring one posture, etc. Osteopathy can help resolve any imbalances and tensions that may be causing those symptoms in a very gentle and effective way.
Osteopaths can treat children from new-born using cranial techniques which involve the practitioner placing their hands on certain parts of their body, mainly the head and sacrum. Children and babies can benefit from cranial treatment and it can be used alone or with a combination of other osteopathic techniques. Cranial osteopathy is a type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and strains in the body.
This is a very gentle treatment approach, perfectly suited for babies as they are usually unaware they are being treated and enjoy the extra attention. With older children, some more gentle adult techniques such as soft tissue work or articulation of their joints may be used if appropriate.
Brad treats individuals of all ages and activity levels. This includes young children, athletes/sports performers and elderly persons. He has successfully completed courses in:
- Dry needling/acupuncture - both aim to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain
- Kinesiology taping - can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, inflammatory conditions and postural problems
- Electrotherapy involving the use of ultrasound and TENS machine treatments for musculo-skeletal pain
Trigger point dry needling is a manual physical therapy technique. It is specific to the muscle and should elicit a twitch response. Some benefits of dry needling include; reduction of tension within the muscle, easing of 'knots' within the muscle, improved circulation to the muscle, increased motion, improved strength and controlled function of the muscle.
Kinesiology taping has a comprehensive array of therapeutic benefits. As kinesiology tape can usually be left on for several days or up to a week, these therapeutic benefits are available to the injured area 24 hours a day, significantly accelerating the healing process from trauma, injuries and inflammatory conditions.