Osteopathy in Ipswich

Trained in the diagnosis and treatment of all musculoskeletal conditions, our qualified osteopaths in Ipswich work on a wide range of conditions. They provide expert treatment to patients of all ages, from small babies (where they’ll use gentle cranial osteopathy techniques) to children and young people, adults and the elderly.

Osteopathic treatment involves hands-on techniques including manipulation, mobilisation and massage-type work. The specialists within our Gilmour Piper team in Suffolk successfully treat clients who have back pain, arthritis, joint strains and many other types of injury.

All our osteopaths work with you to ensure you become pain-free and mobile as quickly as possible. In addition to using the manual techniques mentioned, our professionals are also trained to employ acupuncture and shockwave therapy – both evidence-based treatments.

Our osteopaths also have the relevant professional qualifications and are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. James has a Masters in Paediatric Osteopathy, having trained at London’s acclaimed Osteopathic Centre for Children, while Katie also offer Pilates classes, and Mark Piper works at Ipswich Town Football Club.

Your first consultation

At this initial meeting in our Ipswich practice, your osteopath will:

  • Listen and ask questions about your problem, your general health, any other medical care you’re receiving and medication you’re taking, recording it all in your case notes. The information you provide will be confidential.
  • Examine you properly, meaning it’s likely the osteopath will ask you to re-move some of your clothing. Tell them if you’re uncomfortable about this. In all cases, you’re entitled to privacy to undress and you should be provided with a gown or towel. Also, you can ask a friend or relative to accompany you and to be present throughout your treatment.
  • Ask you to make simple movements and stretches to observe your posture and mobility. Because of the body’s structure, any pain or stiffness you’re experiencing in one area may be linked to a problem elsewhere.
  • Examine the health of your joints, tissues and ligaments – this will involve your osteopath using their hands and a highly developed sense of touch called palpation.

Your osteopath will also check for signs of serious conditions they’re unable to treat and they may advise you to see your GP or go to hospital.

Diagnosis and treatment

Your osteopath will clearly explain what they’ve found (this is their diagnosis) and discuss a treatment plan that’s suitable for you. They’ll also explain the benefits – and any risks – of their recommended treatment. It’s important you understand what the treatment can achieve and agree to it, and know how many sessions you’re likely to need for a noticeable improvement in how you feel.

Treatment is hands-on and involves skilled manipulation of the spine and joints, and massage of soft tissues. Your osteopath will explain what they’re doing and will always ask your permission (known as consent) before providing you with treatment. Ask if you’re unsure about what you’ve been told or have any concerns.

The osteopath may talk about self-help measures you can take and offer advice on exercise. Following their recommendations should help your recovery, and prevent a recurrence or worsening of your symptoms.

Having been a professional footballer for 20 years my body has had its fair share of wear and tear! However I am able to manage any joint/back pain with the help and expertise of Mark.

There were many times in my career that I feared I may miss a match but usually a half hour appointment with Mark miraculously managed to sort any issue.

I have been retired for 12 years now and regularly sit at a desk or in the car so frequent MOT visits to see Mark are essential to get me back pain free and able to go to the gym or play golf.

Over the 25 years I’ve known Mark we have become good friends and I trust him entirely with the treatment and work he does with me.

I would highly recommend Mark - he is professional, knowledgeable, informative and most importantly very good at what he does!

Matt Holland

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