The Sittingbourne Osteopathic Practice was founded in 1990. Since then it has been successfully giving treatments to get you pain free, back to health, back to work and getting you back to doing the things you enjoy.
Pain doesn’t have to be something you accept, nor do you have to give up activities that you love because your range of movement has reduced – osteopathy can solve both problems and get you back to what you want to do.
Our physical health affects our mental health – when we can’t do what we’re used to, we can become very unhappy and this can lead to more physical as well as psychological problems. Osteopathy can help you break this cycle. The clinics are run by Mark Smith, who has more than 30 years’ experience as an osteopath and a vast knowledge of the human body, how it works, the effects of modern living and the best treatment for each patient when it does go wrong. Not everyone’s pain is the same and so an individual approach is vital.
His sessions involve not only fixing the problem, but identifying why it happened in the first place and advising on corrections in posture, sporting technique or movements to increase or avoid to strengthen the weakened area and reduce a recurrence of the problem.
He’s keen to educate people so that they can make lifestyle choices which take into account how they use their body and the effect it has.
1. Sports Injury
Exercise is good for you, but if you play one sport often, then you will be liable to repetitive strain injuries. This is true for both the amateur and professional – neither wants their sport interrupted.
Osteopathy identifies the injury but also the cause; by changing technique, the problem can be prevented, but it may be that the body needs some help to recover before you can return.
2. Acute Pain
Mark will use his vast knowledge to choose the best treatment plan for you and give you home exercises to be able to relieve pain in-between sessions or if the problem recurs.
3. Chronic Pain
Osteopathy relies on a whole body approach, so Mark will listen to what his patients say about the area of pain, symptoms and cause, but also explore the body’s musculoskeletal make-up, looking for issues that could be the root of the problem presenting itself. For example, your leg pain may be caused by a misalignment somewhere else in the body – which Mark will spot and work to correct.
4. Ante/Post Natal
Pregnancy puts a huge amount of strain on the body, moving the skeletal framework around, changing the centre of gravity and putting tension on the body over a relatively fast period of time.
Likewise, when baby has been delivered, things start changing very rapidly again and daily routines to look after baby can aggravate an already fragile and fluid body structure.
Osteopathy can help to relieve pain during and after pregnancy, allowing you to enjoy this special time without pain and daily limitation.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years, as a way of unblocking the channels that flow around the body. Congestion is thought to cause ill-health and Mark will offer acupuncture alongside osteopathy for some clients.
The needles target trigger points, to relieve muscle tension and is particularly effective for the treatment of shoulder, knee and back pain.
6. Injury Rehabilitation
No-one wants to be injured, but if you are, osteopathy can help to get the body back to good health. The body compensates for injury by putting pressure elsewhere – if you’ve got a bad left leg, the right will work harder, and so the first problem causes a second one. Osteopathy looks at the whole body to ensure it’s in the right alignment, tension-free and behaving as it should be to recover the injury and prevent it from recurring by strengthening and conditioning.
7. Neck & Back Pain
These two areas of the body are often where patients feel tension and pain. There are many reasons for the pain which Mark will identify and it could be from a past injury, misalignment, posture problem or recent trauma. Once Mark has found out, treatment will work towards getting the joint or muscle working as it should be to prevent further problems or reduce the current pain level.
8. Shoulder & Joint Injury
Another frequently seen area, the shoulder is a very complex joint with so many things that can go wrong sometimes ‘overnight’! Other joints around the body are equally complex, but Mark knows how they should perform against how yours is actually performing and will provide treatment to get them back to functionality and pain-free.
- A chat about your medical history
- A look at your lifestyle and diet
- Identification of symptoms
- How long you’ve been having problems
- First treatment – techniques depend on symptoms presented
- Manual manipulation and mobilisation of the problem area
- You will not need to undress, but do wear suitable, comfortable clothing
- Exercises to do at home will be given to help until your follow-up session
- Advice on lifestyle to help aid recovery
- A chat about the initial problem and progress
- A review of your home exercises
- Further treatment to assess progress if needed
- Further advice on lifestyle
- Treatment plan decided – another appointment or advice given on when to come back if the problem recurs
Mobile: 07720 548364
Office: 01795 420 408
St George’s Business Park
Free parking available outside the practice