Osteopathic treatment can quickly relieve symptoms like back pain, sciatica, neck stiffness and shoulder pain. At Hampstead Osteopathy your care and treatment is based on a full case history, assessment and diagnosis of your symptoms by registered osteopath, Ben Posen.


What to Expect and What to Wear

Your osteopathic treatment session should be a positive and comfortable experience, even if you are in pain. 

For your examination/treatment, we may need to access specific areas to assess your posture, observe any imbalances, and watch how your joints and muscles move. To ensure a smooth and comfortable experience, please consider wearing loose-fitting clothing and bringing alternative garments like shorts and a vest top. We understand this may require some disrobing, and we will strive to ensure privacy and respect your comfort throughout the process.

Disc injury


The first osteopathic treatment session always starts with a detailed case history. This helps build up a clearer picture of why for example, you back or neck, is hurting. It also gives some clues as to what might be stopping that area of your body from functioning normally and healing.


Following the case history we will do an examination so that we can see how different areas of your body work with each other. This usually involves some clothing being removed so you may want to bring along a pair of shorts. As well as observing your posture and how freely you can move in stationary positions, we often examine your gait and balance to see how your body works dynamically. We will then use palpation (a highly developed sense of touch) to identify points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body. After this process is completed we will make a safe working diagnosis of your problem and will offer you osteopathic treatment. We will also discuss a management plan as well, which usually includes exercises to help you manage your symptoms better. 

Repetitive strain injury (RSI


If you are in too much pain to come to the osteopathy clinic, an osteopath can come to your home. Osteopaths are trained to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries so we can usually tell you what is causing your symptoms. We will also give treatment to help relieve your symptoms.

Please remember though:

If you need a prescription medicine you will need to see a doctor. Also if your pain is so severe that you cannot move at all, or cannot be touched, it may be better to call a doctor or an ambulance. If you’re unsure, please call the clinic and we will be happy to advise you.

To examine and treat you safely, you may need to be partially undressed. If you feel uncomfortable with this you are welcome to have a chaperone present and you can wear shorts and a vest top.

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