Osteopathy in Bedford
Your local Osteopath
At Natural Solutions, we provide osteopathy treatment to clients in Bedford and the surrounding area. Our main clinic is situated just a few miles north of Bedford in Clapham. Although we have recently re-launched as Natural Solutions, our Principal Osteopath Suzanne Morgan has been practising osteopathy at the Stables Therapy Centre in Clapham for almost 10 years.
Treatment & Techniques
Osteopathy can be used to treat a wide range of ailments. Our patients come to our clinic in Clapham for treatment and pain relief for back pain, neck and shoulder pain, knee problems and more. We use a range of techniques to encourage the body’s tissues back to an expression of optimum health:
- Hands-on gentle manipulation to align, relax and balance the spine.
- Careful work with their hands on tight and painful muscles.
- Work on your posture and structural make up to recover the natural ease and lift in the spine.
- Advice on lifestyle and habits, including exercises, diet and stress reduction.
Frequently Ask Questions
At our clinic we provide an initial consultation for £48 (around 45 minutes to an hour), with follow up sessions (30-40 minutes) for £43. We have prepared a blog post detailing our costs and what to expect from your treatment.
We have an online booking system which allows you to quickly and easily book either your initial consultation or a follow-up appointment. Click here to book an appointment.
As with any medical examination, you will probably be asked to undress to your underwear, so please wear something you are comfortable in.
Yes – if you wish, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.
Some soft tissue treatment may cause discomfort during treatment. During your appointment, we will tell you what to expect and will want you to let us know if you are in pain. You may feel stiff or sore after treatment. This is a normal, healthy response to the treatment.
No. Osteopaths tend to treat a wider range of conditions, whereas Chiropractors mainly focus on muscle and joint pain. Check out our blog post which discusses the similarities and differences between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor.
A Beginners Guide to Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a recognised primary healthcare system of diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculo-skeletal problems.
Osteopathy is used worldwide to complement mainstream or alternative medicine for patients with problems of the spine, peripheral joints, ligaments or muscles.
Osteopathy is a natural medicine that approaches patients holistically. An osteopath will consider a patient’s lifestyle, medical history, diet and stress levels, and assess the entire patient in relation to their presenting symptom. In addition to using their hands to feel the body’s tissues, enabling them to diagnose and treat sore muscles and painful joints. Osteopathy recognises that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself and contains its own “medicine chest” to do this.
The Origins of Osteopathy
Osteopathy began in the United States in 1874, with the work and practise of Andrew Taylor Still, a physician and surgeon. His views supported the idea that the body’s natural state tends toward health and inherently contains the capacity to battle any harmful threats to health in the body. You can read about the history of Osteopath and the work of A.T. Still here.
Your First Appointment
A first appointment generally lasts 45 minutes. In this time your osteopath will ask questions about your general health, listen to your concerns about your case, and ask about your medical history and background.
Your osteopath will examine you, you may be asked to remove some of your clothing. You will be asked to make simple movements and stretches to enable your osteopath to observe your mobility and assess your posture. Examination of the health of your joints, ligaments and tissues though touch/palpation will enable your osteopath to diagnose any issues.
Your osteopath will explain their findings to you and will discuss a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to you. They will explain the benefits and risks of the treatment that they recommend, and the number of sessions required to help improve how you feel.
You will most likely receive some treatment at your initial session. This will involve manipulation of your spine and joints, and also massage of soft tissues. You will have the opportunity to ask questions at any time and feedback on your treatment.