Available every Monday and Wednesday
Chris has been treating patients for over 25 years. He trained in Plymouth to become a Staff Nurse working on a busy acute trauma ward, dealing with broken bones and joints. Moving to Torbay Hospital he was a Charge Nurse (Male Sister) for several years until as a family he moved ‘home’ to Cornwall. Chris trained as a masseur and sports injuries therapist as a way of getting out of the NHS.
5 years later after much hard work Chris obtained his Bachelor of Science (with Honours) in Osteopathy from the College of Osteopaths. He has furthered his training to also work with dogs and horses.
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of treatments that are designed to help reduce pain anywhere in the body and help improve the health of your mind, body and spirit. Osteopaths focus on the body’s skeleton and joint function and the underlying muscle groups, soft tissues and internal organs.
On your first visit, a full medical case history is taken, and a physical examination will be carried out. During the examination a few simple movements will be performed allowing the Osteopath to assess the problem. You can then explain where the pain is and when it comes on; you will not be asked to do more than you can manage.
The Osteopath will feel areas of tenderness, weakness or restriction and will make a diagnosis. This will be explained and if Osteopathic treatment is suitable will be offered to you, if not appropriate then the Osteopath will advise you on what to do next; ie visiting another therapist, or having an investigation.
Osteopaths usually start any treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints using gentle massage techniques, rhythmic joint movements and muscle release techniques. The Osteopath may also carry out manipulation using short, quick movements to spinal joints.
Treatment usually last about half an hour and normally between 2 and 6 sessions are required. Some people like to have periodic ‘maintenance’ treatments, which can be discussed with the Osteopath.