About Rachel Davies....
For many years, Rachel taught part time at the British School of Osteopathy as a clinical tutor, although now she is in full-time private practice. Through her work in Kettering, Rachel has established close links with many of the local GP surgeries, midwife's and other local health services.
She has been the principal osteopath to the local Stewart and Lloyds Rugby team for the past 9 years and in 2002 was osteopath to the visiting W.Indies rugby team playing at the International 7's Tournament in Cardiff and Twickenham.
Since the passing of the Osteopathy Act in 1993, osteopaths enjoy the same professional standing in the UK as doctors and dentists. The profession is recognised to be part of mainstream healthcare, enjoying a closer working relationship with the medical profession. With 5 million patients a year, it is a very popular and effective choice of treatment.
Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. It is distinctive in the fact that it recognises much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused by disease.
Osteopathy uses many of the diagnostic procedures involved in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength, however, lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint taking into account all aspects of the individual’s life.
Osteopathy is a natural form of treatment using only the hands to alleviate the body of mainly musculo-skeletal aches and pains. The use of soft tissue and manipulation techniques administered to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints of the body aim to achieve a balance of tension, mobility and symmetry in the body, even aiding improved blood flow and lymphatic drainage, promoting natural healing without the use of drugs.
What conditions can Osteopathy help with?
Although osteopathy is mainly known for dealing with spinal pain, osteopaths are trained to treat all joint, muscle, ligament and tendon problems. Commonly including:
- Low back and sciatic pain
- Sports injuries – e.g. tendonitis, muscle strains/tears etc.
- Back ache/pain/stiffness
- Joint aches/pain/stiffness
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Muscle spasms
- Whiplash injuries
- Neck and shoulder tension (known as the repetitive office syndrome...)
- Rotator cuff and ‘frozen shoulders’
- Tennis and Golfer’s elbow tendonitis
- Knee and ankle problems including
- Arthritic pain
- Pre and post-natal discomfort
After treatment it is not advisable to indulge in strenuous exercise for 24 hours to give tissues a time to settle down. It must be appreciated that while some conditions can be helped permanently, others may be only partially relieved or simply maintained in balance. Each case will receive individual attention in an effort to achieve the fastest and longest-lasting results possible.
Initial and subsequent appointments........ 30 mins £40.00
How can I be sure I am in safe hands
'Promoting Excellence in Osteopathic Care'
The Osteopath will have demonstrated to the General Osteopathic Council via a detailed application process that they are safe and competent practitioners. All have full malpractice insurance and are regulated by a strict Code of Practice as defined by the General Osteopathic Council.
What happens first?
On your first visit to an Osteopath, they will take a detailed case history, including general medical details. They will ask a series of questions, which may at the time seem irrelevant, you will have an examination of the affected area and, if appropiate, you will receive some treatment. The answers to these questions, and your examination, will enable your Osteopath to build a detailed picture of you and provide a diagnosis unique to you.
After the case history, you will generally be asked to remove some clothing so that a detailed functional and structural assessment can be made. This will include a static evaluation and simple mobility testing to assess how your whole body relates to your complaint.
Once the steps outlined above are complete, your Osteopath will decide whether treatment is appropriate for you. You may ask any questions which will help you to understand your diagnosis and treatment.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
A formal referral from your GP is not necessary, the majority of osteopathic patients self-refering.
Will my health insurance company pay?
We work with BUPA, PPP, HSA, CIGNA, Norwich Union, Remedi, Standard Life, WPA and BCWA. It may also be possible to work with other Insurance Companies, however, please telephone your provider to confirm this.
You must provide your Osteopath with details of your healthcare policy prior to commencing treatment, so please remember to state this at the time of booking. We regret that you may be liable for treatment costs where we are not notified in advance.
Can I have a chaperone?
Of course. Bringing along a friend or relative is encouraged as there is always alot of information to take in during your visit, they can often help remember advice and information for when you get home. Chaprerones are not, however, provided by the clinic, so if you would like somebody else present during your treatment you must bring them with you.
If you are unsure whether Osteopathy can help you, please call 01536 414567 for free advice.
A word from one of our patients...
"I attended this clinic with a running related injury to my calf. The service I received from Rachel was excellent, professional, friendly and understanding. I received clear instructions to follow between treatments and confirm my recovery was much quicker than it had been with previous, similar injuries. I would strongly recommend the Kettering Osteopathic Clinic."
Mrs R Loveday, Kettering