Monday, 18 June 2018

25th Anniversary of the Osteopaths Act

The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) was established by the Osteopaths Act 1993 to ‘provide for the regulation of the profession of osteopathy’.

Maintaining standards

The Osteopathic Practice Standards sets out the standards that practising osteopaths must meet. These include knowledge of the safe and competent practice of osteopathy, professional ethics and after-care evaluation.
The practice of osteopathy has a long history in the United Kingdom. The first school of osteopathy was established in London in 1917 by John Martin Littlejohn a pupil of A.T. Still, who had been Dean of The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. After many years of existing outside the mainstream of health care provision, the osteopathic profession in the UK was accorded formal recognition by Parliament in 1993 by the Osteopaths Act.This legislation now provides the profession of osteopathy the same legal framework of statutory self-regulation as other healthcare professions such as medicine and dentistry.
This Act provides for "protection of title" A person who, whether expressly or implicitly describes him - or her- self as an osteopath, osteopathic practitioner, osteopathic physician, osteopathist, osteotherapist, or any kind of osteopath is guilty of an offence unless they are registered as an osteopath. There are currently more than five thousand osteopaths registered in the UK.
Osteopathic medicine is regulated by the General Osteopathic Council, (GOsC) under the terms of the Osteopaths Act 1993 and statement from the GMC. Practising osteopaths will usually have a B.S. or M.Sc. in osteopathy. 
Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person's muscles and joints.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together. Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage with the aim of: increasing the mobility of joints, relieving muscle tension, enhancing the blood supply to tissues and helping the body to heal.
If you have any questions you would like to ask about Osteopathy or would like to know if Osteopathy could help you, give us a call and we'll also give you a FREE 15 minute Osteopathic back and health assessment check 01270 629933 or email info@weaverhouse.com 

Monday, 4 June 2018

Why not try something new....

This week for National Mens Health week we are encouraging men to try something new and investigate better ways to prevent and manage sports injuries, occupational injuries or any other niggling muscle or joint pains they may have. 


Now that we have your attention....
When you think of Osteopathy, do you immediately think of bones? We treat more than you think.
We are primary healthcare practitioners who can help identify important types of dysfunction in your body. We focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation work together to improve your health and well-being.
Osteopathic treatment covers a diverse range of techniques such as stretching and soft tissue massage for general treatment of muscles, tendons and ligaments; along with exercise prescription and mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.
Common conditions that men seek help from their osteopath for include neck pain, sports injuries, headaches and migraines, whiplash, postural problems, sciatica, knee and heel pain, shin splints, arthritis and occupational injuries.
In Men's Health Week, now is the perfect time to find out more about how osteopathy can help you – and you don’t need a referral.
Want to find out what osteopathy can do for you? Make an appointment today 01270 629933 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Prevention is the best cure

It’s important that all patients diagnosed with diabetes see a podiatrist for preventative foot-care. Diabetics are more at risk of foot problems because of the following potential complications with diabetes:

Damage to the nerves in the feet (neuropathy)
Neuropathy can result from poor blood glucose control and damage to the nerves in your feet. This causes a loss of protective sensation meaning your feet may be unable to detect injury. For example, you may not be aware of an ulcer on the bottom of your foot as you do not feel any pain. This can then lead to more serious foot complications like infection if not treated. Symptoms of neuropathy can include numbness, tingling, pins and needles or a burning sensation in the feet.

Damage to the blood vessels that supply the feet
Poor blood glucose control may also cause a reduction in the blood supply to the feet. Poor circulation delays healing and makes people with diabetes more susceptible to infection following any cut or wound to the foot.
Symptoms of poor blood supply may include cold feet, cramps and pain.

People who suffer from diabetes should see a podiatrist as soon as they are diagnosed. An initial diabetes foot check will help determine how often you should visit a podiatrist for diabetic foot care and prevention of any related problems. 
Remember your feet are more at risk with diabetes and prevention is the best cure. 

As well as diabetic foot care our podiatrist also treats general foot problems, children’s foot problems and sports injuries. Call us today to make an appointment 01270 629933 

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Changes during pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes huge changes to accommodate the growing foetus. 
Apart from the obvious physical changes like expansion of the abdominal region, hormonal releases can affect the function of your body's internal systems. 
As your pregnancy progresses, the extra weight creates a shift in your body's centre of gravity. Your supporting ligaments also soften. These factors along with how you use your body day to day may add stress to your body, causing problems like back pain, sciatica, shortness of breath, swelling, high blood pressure and fatigue. 
One of the most rewarding aspects of being an Osteopath is the opportunity to help a pregnant lady in discomfort, and to assist her throughout the pregnancy.
We can help to alleviate some of the discomfort caused by weight gain and postural adaptations, using gentle and safe techniques to support Mum and baby. 
We can also offer advice about managing these symptoms and demonstrate self-help techniques which you and your birthing partner can use during pregnancy and labour.
Give us a call today 01270 629933 to make an appointment or email us info@weaverhouse.com 

Monday, 7 May 2018

Fibromyalgia and M.E./Chronic Fatigue

Fibromyalgia and M.E/Chronic Fatigue can be a very difficult illness to manage and treat. Accompanied by numerous symptoms, ranging from fatigue to debilitating muscle pain, sufferers often have to look for a number of different treatments before they experience any relief.

Not all of these symptoms will apply to everyone. 
Common signs and symptoms include:

Widespread Pain
Morning Stiffness
Fatigue

Nausea
Sleep Disorders
Urinary and Pelvic Problems
Dizziness
Chronic Headaches
Cold Symptoms
Temporomandibular Joint
Dysfunction Syndrome
Multiple Chemical
Sensitivity Syndromes
"Fibro fog": Cognitive
or Memory Impairment
Skin Complaints
Chest Symptoms
Anxiety
Depression
Dysmenorrhea
Aggravating Factors
Myofascial Pain
Syndrome
Muscle Twitches
and Weakness
Memory Loss
Weight Gain
Vision problems
Poor body temperature control 


Could Osteopathy help?                                                                                            

Osteopathy can help to ease many symptoms, particularly fatigue, muscle pain, and chronic headaches. It can also help to:

·      increase flexibility
·      improve range of motion
·      relieve joint pain


Osteopaths can be very helpful when it comes to diagnosing fibromyalgia syndrome/M.E/Chronic Fatigue 
Because of the hands-on treatment techniques, we can easily identify tender points around the body, as well as other signs.

For further information please give us a call 01270 629933 or email info@weaverhouse.comWe can also offer you a FREE 15-minute Osteopathic back and health assessment check. 



Meet Molly the Mole

Nice to meet you! 
Skin cancer can come at any time so it's important to remember to check your moles regularly. 
I don't mean moles like Molly, but the ones on your body. 
Most skin cancers can be cured if they are detected early, so here are my top tips for checking your skin:
1. Check your skin regularly for changes to moles or a patch of skin.

2. Ask a friend or family member to check areas you can't see easily such as ears, scalp and back.

3. Look out for moles or patches of skin that are growing, changing shape, developing new colours, inflamed, bleeding, crusting, red around the edges, itchy or behaving unusally.

4. If in doubt get it checked by your GP or dermatologist. 

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, and rates continue to rise.

At least 100,000 new cases are now diagnosed each year, and the disease kills over 2,500 people each year in the UK - that's seven people every day.
Whilst we are getting better at understanding how skin cancer works, we still have a long way to go. On average, someone who dies from skin cancer typically loses 20 years of their life, and rates of malignant melanoma are rising faster than any other type of common cancer.
UV exposure is the main preventable cause of skin cancer, so here are a few tips on how to stay safe when out in the sun:
Clothing 
Clothing should always be your first line of defence against damage from the sun, with sunscreen being used in addition to clothes, including a hat, t-shirt and UV protective sunglasses.

Find the right sunscreen
Use a sunscreen of SPF30 (SPF stands for ‘Sun Protection Factor’) and refers to the level of protection against UVB radiation, linked to skin cancer. Look for a four or ideally five-star UVA rating on the bottle which will help protect from UVA radiation, associated with skin ageing. You may also find that the UVA rating is represented by the letters ‘UVA’ inside a circle. Keep babies and toddlers should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Get your timing right
Skin needs time to absorb sunscreen, so apply generously about 20 to 30 minutes before going out. Re-apply frequently at least every two hours, as it can come off when sweating or through rubbing.

Seek shelter!
The sun tends to be strongest in the middle of the day, so find some shade typically between 11am and 3pm, especially if you are very fair skinned. Just 10 minutes of strong sunshine is all it takes to burn pale skin.
Slide on your shades - Make sure you wear UV protective sunglasses
*Information supplied from www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Friends and Family

It really does pay to take care of your health. We love seeing results with all of our patients and we feel that you should be rewarded for helping us to help your friends and family. So, for a limited time we are offering a £10 new client referral programme. 
It's so simple, when you attend our practice, simply ask at reception for a'Patient Referral Card' we will complete this card with your details.
You then need to give this to a friend or family member who hasn't previously attended the practice. Upon presentation of the 'Patient Referral Card' at their next appointment they will receive a £10 discount from their consultation fee, and you, as the referrer, will also receive a £10 credit to your account. T&C’s apply
The credits can be used for any service that we provide.
Osteopathy – Massage – Reflexology – Podiatry  Homeopathy - Hypnotherapy – Counselling Acupuncture –Reiki

For more details give us a call 01270 629933 or ask at reception. We'll be happy to help.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Dig this technique


Do you find gardening whilst enjoyable, is quite often literally a pain in the neck and back? Gardening is a relaxing and enjoyable form of exercise, but it can pose health risks if you're not careful. 
There's good news for gardeners who suffer from aches in the lower back, neck, shoulders and knees – better digging techniques should help reduce the pain. 
Researchers from the RHS and Coventry University used Lords of The Rings- style 3D motion capture to pinpoint good and bad techniques. 
This biomechanical modelling found that bad digging posture doubles the load on some joints and puts many of Britain’s 27 million gardeners at risk. 
Analysis of the 3D film of volunteers digging found that minimal back bend combined with maximum knee bends and regular repetitive digging was the best technique. 
Bending forward a long way and stretching limbs to dig can double the load on joints and cause muscle problems, which can lead to chronic injuries. 
Researchers found bad techniques increased strain in the lower back by half as much again and doubled loads on the shoulders, increasing the risk of osteoarthritis. 
Raking, which also uses upper body muscles, required a similar technique to digging, while the same care is also needed in transplanting seedlings and weeding, even though they are lower intensity jobs.

LEFT: Wrong way to dig BELOW: Bend the knees when digging
Things to remember
  • Ignoring safety precautions and using the wrong tool for the job are common causes of gardening injuries.
  • Rotate your gardening tasks to avoid repetitive movements. For example, after 15 minutes of raking, swap to pruning for a while. 
  • Always wear gardening gloves to protect your hands against cuts, soil, potting mix, insect bites and skin irritants.
You don't need to be referred by your GP to see an Osteopath and, at WeaverHouse we also offer Reflexology and Massage Services to ease those gardening aches and pains. 
If you’re new to the practice give us a call to book your free 15 minute Osteopathic back and health assessment check. 01270 629933 or email info@weaverhouse.com   

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Our Spring Newsletter is now available!

Containing news and valuable information from our practitioners for the upcoming Spring season.
If you have any suggestions for topics you would like covered in the newsletter or to ensure you receive the latest copy emailed to you 'fresh off the press' please do let us know, either by email at:info@weaverhouse.com or call us on 01270 629933 or even come and talk to our friendly Reception team in person!
Have a read of our Spring 2018 newsletter here Spring Newsletter 2018

Monday, 26 March 2018

What to expect at your first appointment

Thank you for booking an appointment with WeaverHouse

When visiting an Osteopath for the first time, it is natural to feel a little unsure of what to expect. 
The following information has been developed to explain what happens and answer any questions you may have.

Your Consultation

Osteopaths are healthcare professionals who are specifically trained in diagnosing health issues. At the start of your first appointment, your osteopath will ask you questions about your medical history and lifestyle, as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing. This is very important as it will help them to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment.
They will write down what you tell them in your records. These will be treated as confidential in accordance with standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the Data Protection Act 1998. If you wish, you may request a copy of your notes, but you may be charged an administration fee for this.
Your osteopath will need to examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, (For example, pain in your lower arm may be linked to the nerves in your neck) so they may need to examine your whole body. They will need to feel for any tightness in the muscles and stiffness in the joints and may need to touch these areas to identify problems. They will explain what they are doing as they go along.
If you are uncomfortable with any part of this, you have the right to ask them to stop at any stage, without prejudicing your future treatment.

What to Wear

As with any healthcare appointment, it may be necessary for your osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing. This is so they can see and touch the areas of the body causing you concern. Your osteopath will want you to feel at ease, therefore if you feel uncomfortable undressing to your underwear, your osteopath may be able to suggest wearing clothing, such as shorts and a t-shirt, or close-fitting garments, that will enable them to work effectively, so please do discuss this with them.
You may wish to seek treatment from an osteopath of the same sex as yourself. You are also welcome to ask a friend or relative to accompany you and be present throughout your appointment.



Your Treatment

Your osteopath will make a diagnosis and discuss a course of treatment with you. This may involve further visits for manual therapy – a range of gentle hands on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilizing joints. Together with exercises that you can do at home and helpful advice designed to help you relieve or manage your pain, keep active and maintain the best of health. They will discuss the likely cost of this and ask for your consent to begin treatment.
Most osteopaths will begin your treatment at your first appointment, but sometimes they may require further tests first i.e. blood tests or scans. Occasionally they may diagnose an illness that they are unable to treat and may refer you to your GP or another appropriate health professional.

Is Treatment Painful?

Osteopathic treatment is usually a very gentle process and osteopaths work very hard to make treatment as painless as possible, but you may experience some discomfort during and after treatment. Your osteopath will warn you if they think that the technique that they are about to use is likely to be uncomfortable and will stop if you tell them that you are feeling too much pain.
Following treatment, you may experience some mild soreness in the area of their body that was treated, this will normally will go away within 48 hours. If you experience serious or unusual symptoms after treatment you should contact your osteopath straight away for advice.

Training and Regulation

You can be confident that your osteopath has the highest level of training and expertise and will provide a safe and effective diagnosis and treatment for you. In the UK, the osteopathic profession is regulated by the General Osteopathic Council and osteopaths are trained to degree level, taking a minimum of four years, including over 1000 hours of contact time with patients at undergraduate level.
Osteopaths are also recognized by the NHS as Allied Health Professionals and play a critical role in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people of all ages.

We hope that you have found this information useful, if you require further information or have any questions please telephone us on 01270 629933