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6 Reasons: Osteopathy, Nutrition and health

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Functional Osteopathy

Knightsbridge and Chelsea Osteopath Susannah helps optimise professional performance. HOW? Physical therapy techniques unique to osteopathyFunctional osteopathy treats the body as a whole.
How we move is our dynamic posture. Osteopathic techniques with a focus at Susannah Makram Clinics enhance two things: form and function.  We do this to capitalise on our body’s unique inherent strength.
We do this to optimise health. PRO-TIP: Don’t ignore warning signs.

SAFE. CLINICAL. PRACTICAL. EFFECTIVE. Does it always include functional nutrition? 

In London our modern lifestyle means chronic back pain and chronic health concerns recur. —->>>  Why?

Is it stress? What makes us tired all the time? Get stubborn belly fat, skin conditions and poor hair health?
Can  functional nutrition boost performance by a notch after osteopathy?


When’s the best time to have osteopathy?

“Health is more than the absence of disease. Health is about jobs and employment, education, the environment, and all of those things that go into making us healthy.”

Posture and Health

What does being healthy mean to you? Total body wellness or simply feeling balanced? Form and function. The best way to visualise these two things is via our posture. Our posture and health are interconnected.

Are you fatigued at work? Bloated or experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms of stress and anxiety? Chest pains? Feel like you cannot breath properly, you have aches in your joints? Poor posture can lead to an impairment to blood flow through the chest. This strains the blood vessels below the chest to produce a weakness in blood flow to the brain and cause fatigue (Orthostatic intolerance).

Nutrition and health

An internal chemical and hormonal imbalance sets us up for illness. One example can be seen in this study linking Low Immune Function and Intestinal Bacterial Imbalance to the Etiology of Rheumatoid Arthritis. There’s a case for diet and lifestyle alone to be a potential cause of non specific chronic lower back pain. Osteopaths look to treat the cause of pain or disease. Our training includes studying the pathophysiology of disease. Inflammation must exist for a reason. Pain, therefore, must exist for a reason. Put simply, poor posture from lower back pain or an injury we are accommodating for leads to our disrupted patterns of healthy:

(i) breathing (ii) digestion (iii) sleep (iv) responses to nutrition  (v) respones to stress

osteopathy, nutrition

osteopathy, nutrition

Osteopaths are highly competent healthcare professionals, recognised by the NHS. Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems. Osteopathy, nutrition and lifestyle change support is health optimisation. How are you feeling?

Osteopathy, Nutrition

The Missing Link In Functional Care. A clinical background in Osteopathy Matters. 6 Reasons – Osteopathy, Nutrition.

  1. Osteopathy seeks to find dysfunction. All the while we’re examining and treating the body as a whole.
  2. Using our understanding of disease pathophysiology and pain pathways are the greatest diagnostic tools of the osteopath.
  3. Correctly identify the cause or causes linked to why you are seeking nutritional therapy to begin with are the only way to deliver the correct therapy or therapy as treatment.
  4. “You can have inflammation without pain, but there is no pain without inflammation”. One cause of pain is metabolic. A type or stage of inflammation indicates a homeostatic imbalance. Both osteopathy and naturopathy adhere to the principle of helping to create the right environment. This is for optimal homeostatis (balance). It means the body will heal itself, as it does in nature. We help this bodily process to happen to the best of its ability.
  5. Clinically, common tests to diagnose inflammation are erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), white blood cell count, albumin levels (and other biomarkers). These tests are nonspecific. So, an abnormal result might be from a condition unrelated to inflammation. With osteopathy, nutrition and lifestyle as a means of optimising health, it’s important to know about this. Recognising signs and symptoms of acute, sub-acute and chronic inflammatory process, for example. Also, being able to interpret laboratory reports thus, is unique and invaluable for healthy weight loss results, unexplained fatigue etc.
  6. Our hormones have a complicated relationship with our Central Nervous System as well as our Cardiovascular Systems.

Functional testing in osteopathy, nutrition

Conventional medical testing will usually produce a result only when you’ve developed a disease. Often you may feel ill long before there is a “measurable pathology” – you know something is wrong but your tests keep coming back clear. Sound familiar? 

Osteopath vs Chiropractor

Should I see a Physio, a Chiropractor or an Osteopath for my pain?

How to fix back pain (today) is the number one enquiry at Susannah Makram Clinics. It starts by choosing the right treatment for your specific back pain. Osteopathy can help reduce symptoms of pain, to restore form and function to the body as a whole.

To an osteopath, for our body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore our body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.
Osteopathy includes touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues. This help our body’s own healing mechanisms.

Posture advice

Posture advice

They may also provide advice on posture, movement work to include dynamic posture, muscle balance, recurring injury prevention.

Exercise prescription in general is a big part of physiotherapy. This works to aid recovery, to regain functionality and movement.

Osteopathy looks at the body as whole. As osteopath in West End and Mayfair, osteopath in Knightsbridge, the way our body moves influences how it functions. Myself and the osteopathic community are naturally inclined to practice functional healthcare or functional physical therapy.
The principles of osteopathy and naturopathy are excellent drives to our total body wellness, when applied using IN THE FOUR PHASES.  Osteopaths are highly competent healthcare professionals, recognised by the NHS.

Lower Back pain

One in three of us will experience low back pain at some point in our lives. Over 30,000 people every day visit an osteopath. They are suffering from a variety of conditions. Clients coming to our Chelsea and Knightsbridge osteopathy clinic  may be pregnant, mothers, or those with work related musculoskeletal strains and sprains. Find the main causes of low back pain here.

We don’t need a referral from our doctor to see our osteopath in London. Typically we’ll be able to book our osteopathy appointment efficiently. Good news when we’re stressed out and in discomfort, affecting our sleep, our performance and mood.

Osteopath appointment quickly

Osteopath appointment quickly

Osteopath vs Chiropractor

Fast Facts about osteopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy in the UK:


1. NHS
Osteopathy and chiropractic are not available on the NHS in all parts of the country. Even in places where osteopathy is available, there may be limited availability. The same applies for Chiropractic treatment. Many physiotherapists work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. They can work from NHS hospitals, community based organisations, private hospitals and clinics, sports clubs, charities and workplaces

2. Qualifications osteopath
Osteopaths complete a four- or five-year honours degree programme (bachelor’s or master’s). This degree programme involves at least 1,000 hours of clinical training. Some osteopaths are qualified to PhD level.
Qualifications chiropractor
Chiropractors’ 4-year Chiropractic Degree programme ensures completion of bachelor of human science degree completion.
Qualifications physiotherapist
Physiotherapists complete a three-year full-time BSc (Hons) programme.

west end osteopath

west end osteopath

3. NICE Guidelines
There is good evidence that osteopathy is effective for the treatment of persistent lower back pain. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends it as a treatment for this condition.
Currently, (NICE) recommends manual therapy that might include spinal manipulation (as practiced by chiropractors) as a treatment option for persistent lower back pain.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advises that manual therapy can be used to treat persistent lower back pain.

4. Legal – Primary Certifying Body
It is illegal to practice osteopathy in the UK unless registered with General Osteopathic Council. To practice chiropractic in the UK unless registered General Chiropractic Council; physiotherapy unless registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Osteopath Chiropractor Physiotherapist

Fast Facts about osteopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy in the UK:

5.  Osteopathy is one of only two complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) that are regulated under UK law. The other is chiropractic.

6. Chiropractic was founded as a health profession in the US in 1895 by a Canadian called Daniel David Palmer. Palmer practiced magnetic healing. He had no conventional medical training.

7. The earliest documented origins of physiotherapy (physical therapy) as a professional group date back to Per Henrik Ling. ling was the “Father of Swedish Gymnastics.” He founded the Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics (RCIG) in 1813 for massage, manipulation and exercise. In 1894 four nurses in Great Britain formed the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

8. Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO (August 6, 1828 – December 12, 1917) was the founder of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine in 1874. He was also a physician and surgeon. Still was also an author, inventor, Kansas territorial and state legislator.

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