When you are in pain, it is essential to be confident that whoever you are consulting, you are going to be in safe hands.
Your Osteopath will be able to understand the mechanism of injury, and perform a full osteopathic assessment to determine the correct diagnosis and hence design a comprehensive treatment programme to suit your needs.
The most common conditions that we see include:
Lower Back pain
Shoulder and Knee pain
Peripheral Joint injuries
Established since 1989, we have been continuing to expand our practice to serve over 20,000 patients.
Having qualified at The British School of Osteopathy in London, we maintain extremely high and rigid standards of clinical practice, regularly undertaking specific courses of continuing professional development to ensure that you, the patient, receives the ultimate in care and attention to satisfy your safety and clinical needs.
Mr James Kitchen holds a Diploma in Osteopathy (1989) and is also a member of the American Institute of Medical Aesthetics. Stratford Osteopaths specialise in the relief of pain, whether it’s back pain, neck pain, arm pain or many other forms of pain
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Osteopathy …What is it?
Osteopathy is a discrete clinical discipline it is in fact an established system of clinical diagnosis and manual treatment in which a caring approach to the patient and attention to individual needs are particularly important. It is not an alternative to conventional medicine, but a complementary discipline which offers patients an additional treatment option for certain conditions which can affect the body’s framework.
In particular, it is concerned with the inter-relationship between the structure of the body and the way in which it functions with the maintenance of correct bio-mechanics of the body and proper mechanical function and is therefore an appropriate form of therapy for many problems affecting the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. Osteopaths use a wide variety of approaches to treatment and can bring relief or improvement to many conditions affecting, for example, children, sportsmen and women or to problems which arise during and after pregnancy and those of course arising through occupation.
Modern lifestyles ask a lot of our bodies…It is no wonder then, at times, our bodies protest. Pain and illness are a sure sign that something is wrong…Joint pain alone cost the NHS in excess of £5 Billion annually and over 2 million working days are lost to back pain alone.
Osteopathy was the first complementary therapy to be recognised in the UK, giving new protection to patients. On 1st July 1993, the Osteopaths Bill became law and Osteopathy finally joined the ranks of mainstream medical practice.
What do we treat?
Below is a list of the kinds of pain that we treat;
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Arm pain
• Tennis elbow
• Golfers elbow
• Slip disc
• Carpal tunnel
• Irritable bowel
• Pregnancy backache
• Locked back
• Sports injuries
• Sprained/twisted ankles
• Torn ligament
• Period pain
What should I expect at my first appointment?
You don’t need the referral of a doctor to be seen at Stratford Osteopaths, although some patients do come to us following GP advice.
At Stratford Osteopaths we treat the whole person so during the first consultation we will ask you a lot of questions to gain a good understanding of your case. This is followed by a thorough examination, where you will be asked to undress to your underwear as long as you are happy to do so. We provide disposable gowns for you to wear if you prefer. You may be asked to perform some movements, and we may move different parts of your body to see how they are functioning, or do additional tests. This will allow the assessment of the relevance of different parts of your body to your presenting problem, and the diagnosis of possible causes of your problem.
Where necessary, and only with your permission, we may need to write to your GP or other healthcare practitioners if a referral is indicated.
Your first consultation may take up to an hour, and may not always result in treatment. If you do require treatment and we have not been able to undertake this in your consultation you will be re-booked for a further appointment. Treatment techniques that may be used during a first or subsequent consultation include a wide range of gentle, non-invasive applications such as deep tissue massage, joint articulation and manipulation. Where techniques are undertaken, we will always ask for your consent in advance. We will also advise you about lifestyle issues, such as exercise, diet or work posture, which may help you.
How long do osteopathic appointments usually last?
In general, the first treatment lasts about 45 minutes, and subsequent treatments around half an hour. Your first appointment is usually slightly longer to allow for a full case history to be taken.
Do I need a GP referral to see an osteopath?
Most patients ‘self refer’ to an osteopath for treatment. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners.
Do GPs refer their patients to osteopaths?
Yes. GPs refer patients to osteopaths where they believe this intervention would be beneficial. Referral guidelines are provided by the General Medical Council and British Medical Association.
How do I know if an osteopath is registered?
James Kitchen – Stratford Osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council and you can use the ‘General Osteopathic Council Register’ to confirm this.
Can anyone call themselves an osteopath?
The title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law, and only those included on the General Osteopathic Council Register are entitled to practice as osteopaths. Unregistered practice is a criminal offence in the UK.
Can I find out how long an osteopath has been registered?
The date an osteopath was first registered with the General Osteopathic Council can be seen in the ‘Practitioner Details’ on the General Osteopathic Council Register.
What training do osteopaths have?
Undergraduate students follow a four or five-year degree course combining academic and clinical work. Qualification generally takes the form of a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy – a BSc(Hons), BOst or BOstMed – or a masters degree in osteopathy (MOst). Many osteopaths continue their studies after graduating.
Osteopaths are required to update their training throughout their working lives. They must complete at least 30 hours of Continuous Professional Development per year.
Who sets the standards of training and practice for osteopaths?
The standards of osteopathic training and practice are maintained and developed by the General Osteopathic Council, the profession’s statutory regulator established under the Osteopaths Act 1993.
As a doctor I can vouch that James’s knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology is beyond impressive; in its totality, it exceeds the musculoskeletal knowledge of any medical colleague I have ever worked with. I suffer from auto-immune arthritis and I have benefited from James’s knowledge and skills, as well as his selective use of steroid injections, for well over 2 years – in this time he has managed to considerably reduce my joint pain and increase my range of movement and thus function, hence improving my mobility as well as moderating the progress of my disease. I could not, quite frankly, manage my activities of daily living without his regular treatments and my quality of life is very dependent on his judicious use of his knowledge. Suffice it to say he offers a service that cannot, in my experience , be found within the NHS and I regard him as an expert in his field. I cannot recommend James highly enough.
I was a patient of Warwickshire Osteopaths … when I was experiencing acute back pain in my lower back. I was welcomed by Mr Kitchen and made to feel at ease both before and during my visit. Treatment was thorough and gentle and advices were given after treatment including some gentle exercises for mobility. I received only 3 treatments and was able to return to work without pain.
Mrs SW. Birmingham
I visited Mr Kitchen every 3-4 months for a maintenance treatment since I hurt my neck in a road traffic accident.
Conventional help only eased the pain for short periods, but I am now reliant on manipulation and gentle massage.
I am pain-free for most of the time but I never want to experience those intense headaches and neck pain again.
Mr P.P. Warwickshire
Osteopathy has helped me through a very difficult pregnancy and regular visits to the Osteopath have eased my postural problems. All the help and advice given has made my life a lot easier since having twins and stronger since their birth and I now have a spinal check every 6 months. I can certainly recommend this clinic for a friendly and caring
Service, with the knowledge that I am going to receive the best treatment.
Mrs R R Warwickshire