Helping you to a pain free life.
Welcome to Tim Wood Osteopathic ClinicThe Tim Wood Osteopathic Clinic is situated in the modern setting of the Wigmore Medical Centre, with plenty of off road parking for your convenience.
At the clinic you will receive the highest quality of osteopathic treatment along with any needed rehabilitation exercises or advice in order to recover as quickly as possible from the pain that you are in. I take pride in providing the most honest advice and information so that you will be able to fully understand why you are in pain so that hopefully I will be able to prevent any reoccurrence in the future.
Please take your time to explore the website (www.timwoodosteopathy.co.uk) for any information that you might require. Please also, have a look at the testimonial at the bottom of this page to see how other people have felt after being treated at the Tim Wood Osteopathic Clinic.
Should you require any advice or have any further questions then please call me and I will take the time to give you the best advice possible about your specific situation.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
What Osteopaths Do
Although osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of us as ‘back specialists’. Back pain is what many osteopaths treat a lot of the time. Osteopathic treatment does not target symptoms only but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work well if your body is in good structural balance, Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while, but after a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. You can apply this example to the human body, which is why it is so important to keep the body in good balance. We use a wide range of techniques, including massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as 'cranial osteopathy') and joint mobilization and this breadth of approach allows us to focus on every patient’s precise needs.
Osteopaths assess and treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant women to sports people.
Professionalism, Safety and Regulation
To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered.
What to Expect
Your medical history:
Before I start to treat you, I will make a full medical assessment. I take time to listen to you and ask questions to make sure I understand your medical history and your day-to-day routine. I’ll ask you about things like diet, exercise and what is happening in your life, as these may give clues to help my diagnosis.
I may feel your pulse and check your reflexes. I may also take your blood pressure and refer you for clinical tests, such as x-rays, if I think you need them.
The holistic approach of osteopathy means that I may look at your posture and how you move your body. I may also assess what happens when we move it for you and see what hurts, where and when.
Using touch, I may also find the areas which are sensitive or tight and this helps me to identify what’s going on.
When I’ve have done this, I can diagnose your condition. We may sometimes feel that osteopathy is not appropriate for you and refer you to your GP or another specialist such as an orthopaedic surgeon.
Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle manipulations, depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis.
Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints.
Sometimes, when we move joints you may hear a ‘click’. This is just like the click people get when they crack their knuckles.
I may discuss exercises that you can do to improve your posture and movement in your workplace and everyday life.
What Can Be Treated
The most common conditions that osteopaths treat are:
Back and neck pain:
Lower back pain is probably the most common complaint that osteopathy is used to treat. There are many different causes of the lower back pain, whether it’s from ‘wear and tear’ due to old age or from overstretching in the garden or at work.
Neck pain is probably the second most common complaint whether it’s due to arthritis, whiplash or postural related problems. The neck is quite a vulnerable region due to its extreme ranges of motion and forces that it is subjected to.
Pain associated with arthritis:
Most commonly, this is due to Osteoarthritis (wear and tear). This usually affects weight bearing joints such as the knees, hips, lower back and neck. But as it is due to wear and tear, it can affect any joint in the body.
Shoulder and arm problems:
The shoulder usually succumbs to injury as there is such a fine balance in this area between strength and mobility. Due to the variety of different forces and movements that we put through our shoulders on a daily basis, it is easy to see why the joint can become injured. Such injuries include; tendonitis, tennis & golfers elbow, RSI and muscular strains.
Pelvis, hip and leg problems:
As already stated, this area is very prone to wear and tear due to the weight-bearing forces that these areas are subjected to. This region of the body can also be prone to injury due to problems within the mechanics of the feet, such as ‘flat feet’. The pelvis, hip and leg regions are very complex and this means that many different types of injuries can affect these areas.
Sports and other injuries:
Any exercise will tend to highlight any weakness within the body and make that area more likely to fatigue and then cause symptoms. Generally, gentle, regular exercise is vitally important for the body to function normally, however; too much or too little may cause problems. Common injuries seen are; tendonitis, muscular strains / tears and ligament sprains.
Pain associated with sciatica:
Sciatica symptoms are a very common complaint that is treated at the clinic. This is usually caused by two main problems. 1. Nerve irritation from the lumbar spine or 2. Muscular tension in the muscles in the buttock. Regardless which of these is the cause, the symptoms can usually be alleviated.
Plus many more muscle, tendon and joint based pain:
As you can see from above, we are all individuals and all lead very different lives which leads to different body parts being subjected to different forces. Unfortunately, these forces can eventually take their toll and lead to the area becoming fatigued and symptomatic.
Patients have however found osteopathy helpful for many other conditions. If you want to find out more I will be more than happy to talk to you
Can my GP refer me for treatment?
- The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.
What should I wear?
- As with any medical examination, you may be asked to remove some items of clothes, so please wear something you are comfortable in.
Can I bring a friend or relative?
- Yes – if you wish, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.
Does it hurt?
- Some soft tissue treatment may cause discomfort during treatment. I will tell you what to expect, and will want you to let me know if you are in pain. You may feel a little stiff or sore after treatment. This is a normal, healthy response to the treatment.
Do I need to see my doctor first?
- You do not need to see your doctor first if you are paying for your own treatment. However, some insurance companies require you to see your doctor first.
Where is the clinic located?
- The Tim Wood Osteopathic Clinic is situated in the professional setting of the Wigmore Medical Centre. For a more detailed address, please see the website where you will also find a route planner to help you get to the clinic.
How many treatments will I need?
- The number of treatments you need depends on the condition and person I am treating. I aim to keep your appointments to a minimum. I will be able to tell you within a short period of time whether I can treat you or if I need to refer you to someone else.
“I needed help to sort out a problem with my neck. Tim was very understanding and patient. He has worked on this over the last few weeks and the symptoms have improved beyond my expectations. I feel confident when Tim I s working on my neck and very relaxed. The exercises that I have been given to do have definitely helped me to improve my symptoms at home as well.” Yvonne, Maidstone.
“I had a painful right shoulder when I attended the clinic. The symptoms have eased off as it was very painful and restricting my daily activities, but since the treatments, the pain has completely gone. Excellent service, clean and tidy facilities, nice friendly osteopath. Highly recommended.” Sarah, Gillingham.
“After the first session it was so much better and I was surprised that it wasn’t painful. The benefits to me were that it worked so quickly and it has carried on working.” Geraldine, Rainham.
Useful Clinic Information
Clinic Opening times:
Mon – Fri: 8:30 am to 8:00pm
Sat – 8:30am to 1pm
Initial Consultation – 45mins - £35
Follow up treatments – 30mins - £30
OAP’s & under 16’s - £28
Card payments accepted
Should you require any further information then please follow the above link to my website or if you would like to speak to someone then feel free to call me.
- GOsC Registered Osteopath
- BSc (HONS) Osteopathy.
- BA (HONS) Business Studies & Sports Science.
Osteopathy, Sports Injury Therapy