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Are you in acute pain?
Are you struggling to stand up straight or move much without bracing and grimacing?
Are you unable to work or do sports?
Do you have a low mood and unable to have a social life?
Are you unable to sleep or concentrate?
Do you feel like you’re stuck with the pain forever? Our fully qualified osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and will diagnose the problem at your first appointment. From here immediate treatment will begin and any appropriate referrals (MRI scanning for example) can be arranged. You’ll know what’s wrong and have a treatment plan to deal with it.
Now you know what’s wrong, you’re feeling relieved change is happening.
You have reduced pain and improved function.
You’re sleeping better and have a more positive outlook on life and your social life is returning.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, you’re back to work but not yet ready to return to the gym or sports.
Your body is healing, inflammation levels are dropping.
Your osteopath is working to stabilise the structures from a mechanically neutral perspective.
Your bones are in the right place, and we work together to keep it that way.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.’ - Jim Ryun
Now we have neutralised your pain and stabilised your injury, your body may lull you into a false sense of security and you may feel ready to take on the world! However, our journey is not yet complete!
We now need to create new habits for your movement patterns so that you can integrate them into everyday life and mobilise your body.
This is the time to discuss with your practitioner your ongoing treatment plan to prepare you for setting your goals.
You are now pain free most of the time.
You occasionally remember how it was but otherwise forgotten all about it.
You may have intermittent recognition of your previous problem, but you’re now armed with the information and ability to know what to do about it.
You’re back to doing sports and going to the gym.
You’re waking up after a good night’s sleep and feeling rested.
You’ve learnt to trust in your body and feel no vulnerability. Your osteopath will meet with you again in 3 months to make sure all is well and pick up on any regression or new problems. You both reflect on what happened and why you are feeling fine now.
Let’s keep it that way!
With your new positive outlook, you’re looking to the future.
What do you want to do with this ‘new’ body?
Try new sports or hobbies? Achieve personal bests?
Your osteopath will now check you every six months to give you an MOT and nip any future problems in the bud.
The osteopaths at Bridgeham will look into what went wrong and what is causing the current levels of pain and discomfort you are experiencing. From here they will then spend time working out the reasons WHY it went wrong and what to do to try and prevent it happening again. A continually evaluated treatment plan will ensure both you and your practitioners know where you are on your road to recovery.
The osteopaths at Bridgeham are post grad trained in a patient centred multi-disciplinary approach. They are aware of their skills and their scope of practice. Within the treatment plan they are aware when to refer on to a colleague with other specialised skills, eg a Pilates movement rehabilitation practitioner for further work on leg tracking. Bridgeham is a hub for specialist practitioners and you are at the centre. Unless we need to refer you along for scans or blood tests or surgical interventions, your treatment pathway all takes place under one roof.
What makes osteopathy at Bridgeham Clinic special? As well as being an award-winning practice with the friendliest, most caring osteopaths you’ll meet, our osteopaths are different.
We look beyond the passive treatment that removes obstacles to health and go one step further.
In your session we may use coaches eye, an app where we can film you and your movement.
Kinesio tape is clever stretchy tape that stimulates the body to move in a more efficient and protective way.
Our osteopaths use an approved medical type of acupuncture called dry needling.
Ultrasound may be used to increase blood flow, decrease swelling and massage muscle tendons.
Pilates exercises will be prescriptively tailored to individual patient's needs.
"I can't put into words how happy I am with the acupuncture treatment I received from Rachel at Bridgeham Clinic. I've been under a specialist for around 5 years, I've had a number of cortisone injections to help with the pain. Thanks to Rachel I'm pain free after just 2 treatments. No more pain killers or waking during the early hours trying to find a comfortable sleeping position. Thanks to Rachel and all of the team at Bridgeham, I felt so welcome and comfortable despite Covid restrictions."
"I can’t recommend The Bridgeham Clinic enough. You are made to feel so welcome as soon as you walk through the door. After suffering from migraines and neck pain for many years. I have now been pain free since December thanks to Dan (osteopath) and Selena (acupuncture) for working their magic.”
"I really enjoyed my first Zoom Pilates session! I’ll definitely be continuing through lockdown! I didn’t think I’d like it, but it really is no different to being in the studio. Still got an opportunity to speak to the others in class and Gordon engaged with everyone as the class went on. Great experience and will certainly recommend!”
"Osteopath Michael was amazing today! He's the nicest guy & can highly recommend him! I was so nervous, and he was totally calm and relaxed and talked me through everything, he was so thorough & ended up re-aligning my whole body! Fantastic!"
"Went for my first appointment since lockdown and felt really safe with all Bridgeham’s brilliant precautionary measures"
"Went for the first time after a recommendation. The receptionist may be the loveliest person I've encountered this month! So welcoming and made me the best cup of tea ever. The facilities are nice and clean with ample parking. My appointment was with Clemence (osteo) and she managed to loosen up my lower back that has been tight and painful (at times seizing up). She was super knowledgeable and warm and friendly.”