Your first visit

Consultation
The first appointment will last about an hour. During this appointment the osteopath will take 15-20 minutes taking down details about your presenting complaint, a full medical history, and your general life style. This is also a good time to discuss your expectations and go through any questions that you may have.
Examination
Movement is an important part of assessment and so the osteopath will normally ask you to remove some of your clothing in order to carry out a physical examination. During which you will be asked to perform a series of movements. In some cases further testing may need to be carried out such as reflexes and orthopaedic testing.
Diagnosis & Treatment
A diagnosis will be discussed with you and any questions or concerns you have will be discussed and answered. Once you have understood the diagnosis, the treatment plan will be explained to you. It is crucial that you are comfortable throughout, so it is important that we find an approach that suits you.
If your problem is outside of our expertise an onward referral will be made to the appropriate professional – This practice is GDPR compliant.

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Are you fed up with being in pain?

Looking for specialist treatment for your pain?

  • Would you like to be more active?
  • Maybe you find yourself having to take time off work?
  • Are you struggling with what should be your normal day to day routine?
  • Perhaps you are having to abandon activities and hobbies you enjoy?
  • Confused about what you should do and whether it is an Osteopath, Physiotherapist or Chiropractor that can give you the help that you need?

Don’t worry you are not alone and definitely in the right place!

Osteopathy provides a holistic assessment and treatment approach, centred around you and your needs. We believe that each person is different: we walk differently, we are built differently, eat differently, and enjoy our time differently. Not only do we find the root of the problem, but also look at how this has affected the rest of your body. So, most importantly… We treat you as You and not somebody else with an apparent similar problem.

It is most important to me that you feel comfortable before, during, and after your treatment and leave feeling confident that you’ve been in safe hands. If you are still unsure as to the suitability for your particular complaint, please call me for an informal and confidential chat.

My Services

Osteopathy
What it can help

Osteopathic patients include both younger & older people and include (amongst others) children, office professionals, manual workers, pregnant women and sports people.

Treatment is tailored to each individual’s needs and requirements. A variety of techniques including joint manipulation, mobilization, stretching, soft tissue massage, and gentle techniques such as cranial are used on the affected area to relieve pain, reduce swelling and improve mobility.

Some of the conditions and symptoms that osteopathy can help with include:

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid pain
  • Back pain, Lumbago, Sciatica
  • Neck pain, Whiplash, Neuralgia
  • Shoulder strain, Rotator cuff injury, Frozen shoulder
  • Elbow pain, include Tennis elbow and Golfer’s elbow
  • Hand and wrist injuries
  • Hip pain, including Groin strain and Osteoarthritis
  • Knee pain, including Bursitis
  • Foot and ankle sprain
  • Muscle spasms, Tendonitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Generalised aches and pains, Postural and flexibility problems
  • Sports injuries, Driving or work strain
  • Headaches
  • Pregnancy related aches and pains including SPD and Pelvic Girdle Pain
  • Cranial osteopathy for adults and babies

We understand the importance of developing a strong and stable muscular system to support our body’s joints. Osteopaths feel preventing a recurrence is as important as curing the problem, so we also offer:

  • Advice on correct rehabilitation exercises to provide long term pain relief

Osteopaths can also detect conditions that are not treatable through osteopathy, in order to refer patients to other specialists.

This is your journey to a better, healthier and pain free life, and I am here to Support and guide you through it!

Cranial osteopathy
Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle and subtle treatment, which seeks to encourage the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body. Although gentle, cranial treatment is extremely effective and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly. It can be used alone or in conjunction with a more structural approach, depending on the need of each individual patient.

Can it help babies?

Cranial Osteopathy can be helpful if a child has had a difficult birth or for those “unsettled” babies and children. Cranial Osteopathy works with the body’s involuntary mechanisms, helping to restore a calming balance to natural biorhythms by means of gentle massage of the child’s skull. Cranial osteopathy is a very safe and gentle form of treatment.

I have over 10 years of experience in using cranial techniques and, as with all expertise, I continue to train in order to update my skills and knowledge.

If you are unsure if cranial osteopathy would be suitable for your baby, I welcome your enquiry.

For more information about cranial osteopathy for babies and children you can also visit the Sutherland Society website.

Osteopathy and Pregnancy
Pregnancy produces the largest postural change that a woman’s body will ever undergo. As the baby grows in the womb and extra weight is gained, the centre of gravity alters resulting in postural changes from week to week. This may lead to a variety of aches and pains.

This can be particularly challenging if you already have a child in the family, especially when carrying them and lifting them into car seats and cots. You may be experiencing backache, sciatica, pain in your pelvis, ribs or hips, and you may also find that simple things like walking, sitting, or turning over in bed are now uncomfortable, or even painful.

Problems like these are so common in pregnancy that they are often considered normal. This should not mean that you need to suffer! Pain or discomfort is a sign that your body is struggling to adapt to its new shape and needs help.

Osteopathy can help to provide relief from numerous pregnancy related aches and pains, as well as more specific conditions such as pelvic and groin pain. It can also be helpful in offering relief from pregnancy related issues such as digestive problems and sciatica.

Any imbalance within the pelvis and pelvic ligaments may affect the position of the baby. Osteopaths use gentle non-invasive techniques to correct this and also advise on appropriate posture and positions antenatally and for the birth.

This will encourage the baby into a good position to help improve the chances of a straight forward birth. If you find yourself going past your due date, osteopathy can be successful in gently and naturally starting labour. This may be a much more pleasant alternative to a sweep or induction!

Our objective is to help improve your quality of life, allowing you to enjoy your pregnancy. The safety of mother and baby is our primary concern, and osteopaths are highly trained to deal with antenatal issues. Osteopathy are well trained to recognise contra-indications and treatment is perfectly safe at all stages of pregnancy.

A post-natal check after your baby arrives can also help you to recover from the birth. Treatment is aimed at gently easing sore and tired muscles, and rebalancing the pelvis. It can also help to ease back pain from breast feeding and lifting your baby.

If you have any questions about osteopathy in pregnancy, or how we can help you, then please get in touch and call us to arrange an appointment or a free telephone consultation today.

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework.

Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners that focus on diagnosis and treatment of the Musculoskeletal system including the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves. It compliments mainstream medicine and combines scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology with clinical methods of investigation and considers relevant psychosocial factors.

It is distinctive by the fact that it recognises that much of the pain from which we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structures and is based on the philosophy that the body functions more efficiently if it is aligned properly.

Osteopaths are rigorously trained to use their hands and have a highly developed sense of touch to assist in identifying the source of pain, form a diagnosis and to provide treatment.

We adopt a thorough, caring and holistic approach to health and wellbeing, and with this in mind we treat the whole person and not just the area where pain and restriction are felt. Every individual is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint. When appropriate, physical treatment is applied to suit the needs of each individual patient through a variety of techniques.

All techniques used are safe for all ages including adults, children and babies. Patients sometimes report a clicking sound when stronger manipulation is used, this is simply the sound of small gas bubbles popping within the joint. Don’t worry it doesn’t hurt.

Osteopaths’ Code of conduct

Osteopaths undergo an extensive 4-5 year training process and they are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Being registered with the GOsC ensures that all osteopaths work to strict clinical and ethical guidelines. 

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Farah Khan BSc (Hons) Ost

I completed a 4 year full-time degree at the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) in 2010 with a degree in Osteopathic medicine. I have worked in many established practices including Solihull osteopathic practice and Fiona Passey osteopathic practice as an associate.

My approach is holistic, using a wide range of techniques, which may include massage, soft tissue stretching, gentle release techniques or stronger manipulation. I also provide advice on exercise and lifestyle to compliment the treatment. I am also a fully trained cranial osteopath with a wide range of experience in treating babies, children and adults.

I am a member of the General Osteopathic Council and the British Osteopathic Association.

Fees

Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy for adults

  • Initial consultation and treatment £53 (45-60 mins)
  • Follow up appointments £47 (30 mins)

Cranial Osteopathy for babies (0-4 years)

  • Initial consultation and treatment £50 (45-60 mins)
  • Follow up appointments £40 (25-30 mins)

I am registered with most major private health insurance providers.

Please check with your insurance company before booking as you will need to bring your policy number and authorisation code along with you.

My FAQs

What do Osteopaths Treat?
Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders without the use of drugs or surgery.
Commonly treated conditions include back and neck pain, postural problems, sporting injuries, muscle and joint deterioration, restricted mobility and occupational ill-health.
What training do osteopaths have?
Undergraduate students follow a four or five year degree course combining academic and clinical work. Qualification generally takes the form of a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy – a BSc (Hons), BOst or BOstMed – or a masters degree in osteopathy (MOst). Many osteopaths continue their studies after graduating. Osteopaths are required to update their training, skills and knowledge throughout their working lives, through continuing professional development.
What is continuing professional development?
Continuing professional development is a process by which osteopaths have to demonstrate to the general osteopathic council that they are up to date and fit to practice, and meet the relevant professional standards.
How do I know if an osteopath is registered?
All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. You can use the register to check whether your health professional is currently registered. The date an osteopath was first registered with the General Osteopathic Council can be seen in the Practitioner Details on the Register.
What should I wear?
A full osteopathic diagnosis relies on viewing the body as a whole. It is therefore ideal for patients to undress to their underwear. Alternatively loose fitting shorts can be worn if preferred.
How many treatments will I need?
Some patients have instant relief. Others discover it can take more time. Many factors can affect your recovery such as your age, how long you’ve had the problem, the severity, your daily demands and general condition of your body.

Whilst every patient reacts differently, your osteopath will be able to advise you on your likely recovery time. In most cases you will feel a definite change for the better early on in your treatment. Most patients do express significant improvement after just one or two treatments, but in general, the longer you’ve had it, the longer it will take to recover. Your commitment to the recommended treatment plan, home exercises and any diet or lifestyle adjustments will also determine your treatment outcome and the long term benefits from osteopathic care.

Is osteopathic treatment painful?
Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will aim to make you as comfortable as possible.

There are techniques which may cause some short term discomfort or pain. This can generally be alleviated with the application of ice as directed by your osteopath.

How many sessions do I need?
This depends on your condition. Generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits. Long term or chronic conditions may require more treatment. Your osteopath will discuss this with you.

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