Feetham BSc (Hons) Hom, BSc (Hons)
Ost, APNT, SNHS
G.Os.C. Registered Osteopath and Sports Injury Therapist
Member of the BOA and Secretary to the NCSO
Welcome to Susan Feetham's osteopathy web site. Susan's clinic is based in Wigan Greater Manchester. The address and contact details are as follows:
Feethams Osteopathic Practice
215A Ormskirk Road
Telephone: 01942 497 515
You can also book an appointment with Susan at the following locations:
Spirit Health Club Southport Osteopathic Practice
Holiday Inn Haydock 2b Manning Road
Lodge Lane Southport
Newton le Willows Merseyside
WA12 0JG PR8 6AT
Phone: 0750 823 0073 Phone: 01704 500905
936 Whalley New Road
Phone: 01254 246 144
Fees for osteopathic treatment at Wigan and Haydock: Initial consultation and treatment lasting 45 minutes is £37. Follow up sessions lasting 30 minutes is £32. Fees for sports massage at Wigan and Haydock is a single tariff of £32 per session.
Osteopaths are usually associated with treating back problems. Actually they treat much more than back conditions. Osteopathy is more holistic than people generally realise, treating problems with joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves. It treats both symptoms and underlying causes of a problem.
Typical problems that people seek help with include: Back pain, neck pain, elbow pain (tennis elbow and golfers elbow), frozen shoulder, knee pain, ankle pain, problems resulting from poor posture (as a result of pregnancy or working conditions, or sporting activities). Other areas that osteopaths deal with are repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and mechanical problems resulting from arthritis. Each person's treatment is unique and specifically tailored to them.
The first session will typically last for 45 minutes, during which the osteopath will ask lots of questions about the problem you're looking to resolve. But you will also be asked questions about your general health, your working habits, your eating habits and many things that may appear to be irrelevant. In fact these provide vital clues into the possible cause of the problem you want solved. A physical examination will take place, for which you may be asked to undress to your underwear.
Treatment is carefully and gently applied. Some patients may experience some discomfort after treatment, which may last for 24 hours. But this is nothing to worry about, and is part of the overall healing process. Some manipulations result in a 'cracking' sound. Again this is nothing to be concerned about, and is simply gas bubbles popping in the fluid of the joint being manipulated.
The cost of treatment is usually between £35 - £50 for the first session, and between £25 - £35 for subsequent treatments. But you should expect regional variations in cost. The number of treatment sessions needed, will depend upon your specific condition. You will always be fully informed over what the osteopath believes to be your problem, and what type of treatment is needed. The osteopath may suggest that you periodically visit him or her, for a 'maintenance' treatment. This is often useful for circumventing more debilitating problems in the future.
Skeletal image copyright of Penn State
Books reviewed by Susan in 'The Osteopath' magazine
Chronic Pelvic Pain & Dysfunction, Practical Physical Medicine (p.23) : www.osteopathy.org.uk/uploads/the_osteopath_junejuly2012.pdf
The Vital Psoas Muscle (p.24): http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/uploads/the_osteopath_december12_january13.pdf
Soft Tissue Release: A Practical handbook for Physical Therapists (p.25): http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/uploads/the_osteopath_aprilmay_2013.pdf
The Soft Tissue Release Handbook: Reducing Pain and Improving Performance (p.25): http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/uploads/the_osteopath_augsep_2013.pdf
For an informative explanation of back pain see this site:
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