Think back to the last time you booked an appointment with me or another osteopath in the clinic. Were we your last minute get out of jail card? Were you hoping for a quick fix so you could get back to your daily activities or game of golf or tennis in a speedy fashion?
The truth is the majority of patients contact us when they’re in extreme pain or something’s gone horribly wrong with their body. But in many instances their problems and the time spent out of action could have been prevented in the first place with a routine maintenance check-up.
As osteopaths, we are experts in joints, muscles, ligaments and tissues and the way they work with other systems in the body. We can quickly identify whether you’re setting yourself up for future problems from your posture, gait and the way you hold yourself and, more often than not, we’ve clocked what’s wrong with you before you’ve eve had a chance to explain your symptoms.
As well as hands on treatment, our team of osteopaths can spot troublesome signs immediately as well as offer advice on how to help prevent future problems developing.
Below are 5 reasons why yearly check-ups with an osteopath are a good idea.
SAVE MONEY IN THE LONG TERM
We think nothing of spending money on personal grooming and clothes but when it comes to our health many of us struggle with the idea of paying out to see an osteopath especially if we feel well. But the truth is a regular treatment ONCE every 3-6 months could work out far cheaper in the long run by nipping a serious problem - that may require four or five visits – in the bud.
HELP YOU FEEL BETTER
It’s easy to ignore those niggly aches and pains but make today about prevention and detection, not reaction. You might not realise it but over time your body goes through the mill. Office workers hunched over a computer may struggle with bad necks and backs.
Builders and nurses may find undue pressure placed on their joints. Busy mums may twist awkwardly and put something out when picking up their children. However, a routine check-up can help stop potential problems from developing and our clinical pilates team can show you exercises to strengthen your core and overall frame.
IDENTIFY OSTEOPOROSIS EARLY
We all know how long it can take to get a GP appointment but being bone experts osteopaths are ideally placed to identify osteoporosis – thinning of the bones. Often dubbed the Silent Killer because the early stages of the disease are difficult to detect and diagnose, it largely affects the elderly and women who have gone through menopause and happens when the body fails to replace old bone with new and the skeleton becomes brittle and weak.
OPTIMISE YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE
Many of us make a plan to get fit and throw ourselves into a new routine. However, we forget that training our body – especially when we haven’t exercised for a long time – puts it under intense pressure.
Everything is affected – muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments are being moved about all over the place and more often than not we end up sore and in pain. This is natural and it’s important to listen to your body and rest. However, if pain persists, your body may be out of alignment. A check up with an osteopath once every six months to a year can help.
MAKE TIME FOR YOU
How often are you run ragged by the demands of others? How often do you neglect your health and push your needs to bottom of the pile? The trouble if you don’t look after yourself you’ll not be fit to look after anyone. Why not book an appointment with an osteopath and make it part of an entire day devoted to your wellbeing? It could be just the thing to set you up mentally and physically for the week ahead.
We treat people of all ages, from babies to the elderly and everyone in between including pregnant women and elite athletes. To book an appointment call: 0208 662 1155