Experience the healing power of professional osteopathic treatments from The Geoffrey Lloyd Foulkes Clinic in Ilford, Essex. Emphasising the musculo-structural integrity of the body, osteopathy entails manual manipulation of muscles in order to provide diagnosis and treatment. Established and statutorily regulated, this system has proven hugely effective in pain relief. Our qualified osteopaths offer an array of treatments for all kinds of discomfort.
Much of the physical pain and discomfort we suffer often arises from the misalignment or an abnormality in this physical function of the body. Abnormalities or misalignments may be caused by bad posture, excessive or improper use, or diseases such as osteoarthritis. Left untreated, this could lead to long term or permanent damage.
During osteopathic treatment, manual manipulation is applied in order to ease the spasm and tension in muscles and/or release a joint. Deep tissue massage and electrotherapy are often integral to osteopathic treatment. A good osteopath will almost always give advice on how to correct the underlying cause in order to minimise the discomfort and any long term damage.
Even in cases of advanced osteoarthritis massage and increasing mobility of the joints involved often give much relief from pain and discomfort. We use osteopathic treatments to treat a variety of problems, including:
Benefits of Osteopathy
General Aches and Pains
Arthritis and Other Joint Disorders
Migraine and Other Headaches with Musculoskeletal Causes
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Spinal Disorders and Adjustments
RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)
Neuralgia and Other Joint Related Pains
Pelvic Girdle Pain
PSD - Pubic Symphysis Disorder
Pregnancy Back Pain
Benefiting people of all ages, cranial osteopathy is a very gentle, non-invasive treatment that is used to resolve a wide range of problems. It encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body. Your osteopath will apply very specific, skilled, light pressure where necessary, in order to stimulate your body’s natural ability to release stresses and tensions.
This treatment often benefits babies who have experienced forceps delivery, caesarean birth, or long labour. For the osteopath, it is important to release the tension and pressure in the cranium that may still be present from birth and can affect the infant’s nervous system.
When osteopaths examine babies, areas of tension are often found in the spine or head, which are indications that the baby is uncomfortable. A baby cannot complain of a backache or a headache and will typically express this by crying and being unsettled or irritable.
This treatment also eases some of the physical discomforts of pregnancy and will help you return to normality after birth by releasing strains from both pregnancy and labour. This allows you to relax and enjoy your new baby.
During your first visit, please bring any medical examination reports, X-rays, MRI scans, or other documents relating to your problem. Your osteopath will investigate your problems fully and look at your posture in order to assess the root cause of your discomfort.
You will receive osteopathic treatment which may include electrotherapy, deep tissue massage and manipulation as appropriate. You may also be given acupuncture at no extra cost if in the osteopath’s view this will assist the recovery process. Please allow up to 45 minutes for your first appointment.