Better Health. Naturally.
Osteopathy | Worcester
Emma Oldham BSc (hons) Ost.Med.D.O.D.N. Pg(dip)Phyte
Emma studied for four years at The British College of Osteopathic Medicine.
After qualifying in 2001 & becoming registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOSC), she moved to Edinburgh where she practiced in various clinics, gaining experience and expertise.
Emma set up a practice in Gullane, East Lothian in 2005, which she sold in 2012 to move to Worcester to be closer to family.
Emma has a particular interest in body framework, especially helping others to understand the mechanics of it. When Emma isn’t working, she is kept busy by her 2 children & likes to participate in sporting activities, particularly running. In the past she has competed in Triathlons & Marathons. She also enjoys playing tennis, is a keen gardener & enjoys growing a few vegetables.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established and recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that specialises in correcting areas of poor joint function in the body and the effects these problem areas have on the rest of the body. In short, it helps to restore harmony within the body’s mechanism.
The principles of osteopathy were formalised by an American, Andrew Taylor Still, 120 years ago. Osteopaths treat a wide variety of people and treat the individual tailoring their treatment to the person.
Osteopaths are able to detect areas of injury and tissue damage in the muscles ligaments tendons and joints. Having good spinal mobility can improve nerve and blood supply to your organs, resulting in better health and vitality.
Osteopathy is regulated in the UK by law by the general osteopathic council.
What happens when you visit an Osteopath?
When you arrive for a consultation you will have a full case history taken about the presenting complaint and questions will be asked in relation to the complaint to ascertain whether it is safe to treat or whether a referral is required. You will be asked questions about your past medical conditions and medication that you may be taking. You will be asked about your work/ life situation to build a picture of your activity levels.
After the case history there will be a thorough physical examination. You may be asked to remove some items of clothing. The examination will include any relevant neurological tests. This allows a full diagnosis and a suitable treatment plan to be developed with you. You will get treatment in the consultation and this session can be up to an hour.
Subsequent treatment sessions are 30 minutes and treatments may given consist of joint mobilisation, passive and resisted stretching, joint manipulation, deep tissue massage, postural and ergonomic advice and Rehabilitative exercises.
Because we are all unique, everyone responds differently. After treatment you may feel relieved and energetic or you may feel a bit tired and achy this is completely normal. Osteopathy can be used to treat most people from babies right through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, pregnancy up to the elderly. Each person’s case is looked at before treatment commences as to whether it is suitable or not.
What do Osteopaths treat?
- LOWER BACK PAIN
- NECK PAIN AND MECHANICAL HEADACHES
- FROZEN SHOULDERS, TENNIS ELBOW AND WRIST COMPLAINTS
- HIP KNEE AND ANKLE PROBLEMS
- STIFFNESS AND JOINT PAINS
- ARTHRITIC PAIN
- SPORTS INJURIES AND ASSESSMENT
- RHEUMATIC PAIN
- STRUCTURAL SYMPTOMS OF PREGNANCY
“I have found Emma to be a brilliant osteopath who’s skilled in identifying the cause of problems and has a wide range of corrective techniques to restore full movement to my ageing limbs..! Her advice on follow up exercises is clear, easy to follow & has made a vast difference to my sporting endeavours!!”Dave C
“After years of recurring lower back pain & seeing other practitioners for short term solutions, Emma has helped me to understand the cause & work towards resolving it for good. An excellent service.”Paula F
“Having struggled with a bad back for many years following rugby injuries i finally hit a low point last October when I had a back spasm leaving me unable to walk or drive for 3 weeks. After the first session with Emma I found the pain was easing and I could actually sit without the constant pain. Further treatments had me back walking within a week and then driving the following week. Now I am looking to get back playing rugby which without Emma’s help I never thought possible. ”James T
“I visited Emma during my 1st pregnancy after developing pelvic pain. To say she kept me moving & on my feet would be an understatement. Her treatment really helped reduce my pain levels and without her I would have spent the majority of my pregnancy in extreme pain. Her methods proved far more effective than the physiotherapists advice I received via the NHS. I would highly recommend Emma. ”Lynsey D