Osteopath in Littlehampton

Why see an Osteopath? Looking for an Osteopath in Littlehampton?

Patients visit Osteopaths for many different reasons and with varied symptoms. Common reasons people visit Osteopaths include (but are not limited to) feeling restricted in your movement, pain or discomfort, injury, fall, post-operative rehabilitation, tight muscles, feeling imbalanced, headaches, sciatica, and among many others. 

Osteopathy isn’t only useful for acute or chronic conditions, Osteopaths can also help prevent problems by pinpointing potential sources of pain before they develop further. Prevention of always better than the cure, so maintaining your body's movement is key to a healthy and mobile body in the long term.

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What is Osteopathy? Looking for an Osteopath in Littlehampton?

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment aimed at restoring and maintaining balance to the entire body, promoting overall health and wellbeing. It looks to treat the individual as a whole and is not isolated to the specific symptoms. Osteopathy uses a combination of touch, physical manipulation, massage, and stretching to help improve the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension and promote blood and nerve supply to connective tissues which in turn will help your body to return to a good state of health.

What is the Philosophy of Osteopathy? Looking for an Osteopath in Littlehampton?

Osteopathy sets it apart from other medical disciplines through its core philosophy. Osteopaths believe that all parts of the body should function together in a complementary manner. Should one part of the body be limited in its motion, blood supply, or strength; then the rest of the body needs to adapt around the dysfunctional area and compensate for this, causing knock-on effects.

Osteopaths do not only focus on treating the symptomatic area but use a combination of soft-tissue and joint manipulation techniques to help re-balance the body, improve joint motion, increase blood flow. Osteopathy wants all systems in the body working together, providing overall good health and well-being. At our clinic in Littlehampton, our Osteopath Jacopo Saia treats a variety of symptoms. 

What is an Osteopathic treatment like?

Osteopathic treatment is gentle and effective, being tailored to each specific patient and using precision and minimum force. As well as hands on treatment you may also be provided with advice on how to maintain the benefits of the session going forwards. This can include stretches and lifestyle advice to help you stay in good health.
As a new patient, your Osteopath will spend time understanding your problem, your medical history and any previous treatments you have had as well as conducting clinical testing where necessary. A full osteotherapy consultation allows the treatment to be given in a way that is unique to you, as no two bodies are the same. They will also assess the balance and integrity of your whole musculo-skeletal system to fully comprehend where underlying causes may lie.
With this information, the Osteopath forms a considered plan for treatment and can apply it with gentle precision. Their extensive training combined with the information gained following a consultation makes it possible to encourage your body’s healing faculties to overcome the problem.

Craniosacral Osteopathy

The aim of craniosacral osteopathic treatment is to address the stresses and strains within the body, helping to realign the balance of the spine through assessment and treatment of the cranium (skull) and sacrum (pelvis), releasing stresses to release allowing the body to function better. An Osteopaths' core principle is that one’s structure governs their function, so therefore if the physical structures in your body are in a state of balance and harmony, it will be able to function at its best; with the opposite also being true. Craniosacral treatment is one of many techniques our Osteopath can use to help you function and feel at your best.

What can you expect from an Osteopathic visit?

Your initial consultation can last up to one hour. During this time, your Osteopath will take a detailed case history asking you questions regarding your symptoms, your past medical history, your diet, and your general health and lifestyle. This will allow your Osteopath to gain a better understanding of your pain and how your body functions. This process will enable your Osteopath to determine whether Osteopathy is suitable for you. If your Osteopath suggests Osteopathy isn't suitable for you at this time, they can refer you to your GP or request imaging (eg x-rays, MRIs, etc) if needed.
The next part of your session includes the examination process. Here your osteopath will examine your posture, muscles, joints, and tissue health. To help with your assessment, your Osteopath will also ask you to demonstrate some simple movements. Your Osteopath will explain what they are doing throughout your assessment. Finally, your Osteopath will explain their diagnosis and discuss a suitable osteopathic treatment plan for you - this may include exercises and lifestyle changes.

What to wear to your Osteotherapy appointment?

For your osteopathic appointment, we find it's best you wear something flexible and comfortable. It is also an idea to wear something that will enable your Osteopath to assess the affected area (for example, shorts or a vest). It may be necessary for your Osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing in order to assess and treat the affected area.

We want all patients to feel at ease, so please let your practitioner know if you feel uncomfortable undressing at any point of your treatment. You may wish to bring someone to accompany you throughout your appointment.


Will my treatment hurt?

Osteopaths treat using a range of gentle hands-on techniques. However, it may be possible that you experience some discomfort during or after your treatment. Your osteopath will inform you during your session if they feel a certain technique is likely to cause discomfort. If you feel uncomfortable at any point during your session or want to stop your osteopathic treatment, please let your Osteopath know.

You may experience some mild soreness post-treatment which can last up to 48hrs. If you feel you are experiencing some serious or unusual symptoms, please contact your Osteopath for advice.

What's Next?

Our main aim at the Littlehampton Natural Health Centre is to improve your quality of life. Whether this is through reducing your pain, increasing flexibility, improving posture, maintaining a healthy body, or increasing your performance. We help people manage life in a more positive manner. 
If you feel Osteopathy can assist you with your personal needs, the next step is to get booked for your first appointment with our Osteopath Jacopo Saia. You can book your appointment by either calling our reception team on 01903 734373, or by booking online by following this link - Book Online

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Osteopathy is available at Littlehampton Natural Health Centre Monday to Friday.


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Osteopath in Littlehampton - Jacopo Saia

Jacopo studied both in Turin, Italy at the International College of Osteopathic Medicine and in the UK at Kingston University at Nescot College where he obtained a Master of Science in Osteopathic Medicine. Following his passion for helping people, Jacopo has gained great experience working with patients of all ages and helping with a variety of conditions, integrating structural, craniosacral, and visceral osteopathy in order to assist the patient in the best possible way.

Jacopo is a dedicated and compassionate clinician, exhibiting excellent soft tissue skills, as well as high levels of technical performance. He is a very skillful Osteopath and is comfortable and capable of using a number of different modalities and approaches to help his patients. 

Find out more about Jacopo here.

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