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Your Osteopath Philip Wise BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, D.O


Philip Wise is a qualified Osteopath who founded his Maidstone Osteopathic clinic in 2006.  

His speciality is the treatment of neck, back & shoulder pain, but has good experience with treating almost all pain causing conditions of a musculo-skeletal nature, with both young and old all able to benefit.  This can include other causes of pain such as elbow & wrist pain, hip, knee and ankle pain, as well as some headaches and irritable bowel problems.


The treatment of postural problems in maternity patients, musculo-skeletal pain of the post partum mother and in certain cases, the treatment of a baby who is extremely unsettled are also within the remit of treatment by your practitioners here at Baks.  This type of complaint is often treated very well using the soft & gentle approach of Cranio-sacral technique.  Philip Wise or Svetlana Wise are more than happy to help these patients.

Your Osteopath Philip Wise, graduated from the prestigious European School of Osteopathy in Boxley, near Maidstone with a BSc Honours degree.  

Working at the European School of Osteopathy since 2006, he has been educating students from various walks of life, from those straight out of college, to those already qualified as Doctors, Neurologists and Physiotherapists, helping to create the next generation of Osteopaths.

He has also spent some time working at the London School of Osteopathy.


Philip Wise is registered with the General Osteopathic Council, the Institute of Osteopathy and is also registered with the following health insurance companies; 

AVIVA

Standard Life

WPA

Simply Health


Testimonials: these are just a few of the genuine testimonials taken from Google Maps reviews and our Facebook page reviews.

"Before I visit him, I couldn't get out of bed and after two visits I am felling very well. I recommend him to all who have back problems.” - Mr Krzysiek K, Larkfield


"Phil quickly diagnosed the cause of my neck pain and over the course of a couple of months completely sorted me out. I wish I'd been to see him sooner! I highly recommend Baks Osteopathy" - Miss J Smallbone, Maidstone.


"I was in a situation where I couldn't get out of bed very easily or bend down after my back was damaged in a car accident. I came to Baks Osteopathy and within a matter of days my back was cured. I could not recommend them enough. Thank you for all what you have done for me."  - Mrs E Patten.


What is Osteopathy?

Although osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of us as ‘back specialists’. It's true to say that back pain is what many osteopaths treat a lot of the time. 

Osteopathic treatment does not only target symptoms, but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. 

Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work well if your body is in good structural balance, Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while, but after only a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. 
You can apply this example to the human body, which is why it is so important to keep the body in good balance, to avoid excess wear and tear.  This is why having treatment from youth to old age is important in helping to reduce the onset of degeneration in the spine and areas such as knees, hips and ankles.

Here at Baks Osteopathy, we use a wide range of techniques, including joint mobilisation, massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as 'cranial osteopathy') and other less well known, yet effective techniques.  
This breadth of knowledge & technique approach allows us to focus on every patient’s precise needs and tailor the treatment to suit. 
Osteopaths can assess and treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant women to sports people. 

Professionalism and safety

To qualify as an Osteopath, an Osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree (depending on which University they attend). This is similar to a medical degree, but with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine (rather than drugs and surgical procedures) and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). 

It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered.  

History
Osteopathy is a term first used by Andrew Taylor Still to describe his unique style of manual therapy, which has been imitated by physiotherapists and chiropractors throughout the world ever since, though the styles of treatment are somewhat different.

Dr Still was a union doctor during the American civil war, who later lost four children to disease.  Conventional medical practice at the time was unable to help them, so he set about developing a new way of fighting disease.  He thought of the body as a united organism, where its structure (anatomy) governs its function (physiology) and that when joints are positioned correctly it will function optimally and will not suffer disease.  Using these theories he was able to help people where conventional medical practice of the time was unable to do so.

Now, over 142 years later, Osteopathy has evolved into a primary health care profession, but it must be remembered that the basic principles that underlay it historically and create the foundations of our profession are still there.

What To Expect From A Consultation

Here at Baks Osteopathy Ltd we want to make sure that your health is number one priority during your visit.  For this reason, we like to spend about one hour with you for your first consultation.  This gives us time to take a full case history to gain as accurate a picture of your problem as possible, prior to commencement of the appropriate treatment.

Your medical history 

Before we start to treat you, we will ask a series of questions to gain an insight into your health. We take time to listen to you and ask questions, to make sure we understand your medical history and your day-to-day routine. We’ll ask you about things like diet, exercise and what is happening in your life, as these may give clues to help our diagnosis, both in the short & long term management of your problem. We may feel your pulse and check your reflexes. We may also take your blood pressure and refer you for clinical tests, such as x-rays, if we think you need them.          

Your posture & body movements

We usually look at your posture and how you move your body. We may also assess what happens when we move it for you and see what hurts, where and when.  In order for us to fully examine you for the likely cause of your problem, it is usually necessary for you to undress either partially or fully down to your underwear.  This will be dependant on the case history and presenting problem, so please be aware that you will need to dress appropriately for this.          

Diagnosis 

Using accurate palpation (touch), we may also find the areas which are sensitive, tight  or restricted and this helps us to identify what’s going on.  When we have done this, we can provide a diagnosis based on the most likely causes of your pain. 

We may sometimes feel that Osteopathy is not appropriate for you and refer you to your GP or another specialist such as an orthopaedic surgeon.  
These options will be discussed with you at the consultation if necessary.

Treatment 

Osteopaths use a wide range of techniques to help relieve your pain.  Which ones we use will depend on your age, fitness and the diagnosis reached at consultation. 
Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints.

We may discuss exercises that you can do to improve your posture and movement in your workplace and everyday life. 

Hot & cold treatments and simple massage creams available from your local chemist may also be useful for those unable to rest from work - these will also be advised where necessary.


How Can We Help You?

Common conditions treated by us include; 

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Tendonitis (inc. Repetitive Strain & Sports Injuries)
  • Muscle spasm
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Disc Injuries
  • Bad posture & postural pain 
    (e.g. maternity related pain & Repetitive Strain)
  • Some types of headaches and stress related pains
  • Overly Irritable babies

See below for more information.


Back, neck and shoulder pain

Back, neck & shoulder pain can commonly be caused by the reversible overstrain of joints, ligaments and muscles – this is the most common reason people come to see an Osteopath or a Craniosacral Therapist.  

These strains can occur due to either short term (acute) injury, like twisting sharply, waking up with a jolt or overstretching.  

It could also be something more long term (chronic) such as your workstation position, poor posture or a recurrent movement that you do at work/during sports that gradually develops into a chronic overstrain of certain muscles, ligaments or joints. 

Osteopathy & Craniosacral Therapy is well suited to helping you with this sort of injury.  We can also advise you how best to alter your work/sports routine to bring most benefit your body balance.

There are other causes of back, neck & shoulder pain, which are not treatable using Osteopathy or Craniosacral Therapy.  If this is found to be the case, then your therapist will refer you to an appropriate health care specialist for further medical attention.


Tendonitis

Tendonitis can come in many forms such as frozen shoulder, tennis elbow & golfer’s elbow.  They are common amongst everyday non-sporty people and not just people who play tennis and golf for example.

The main causes of Tennis & Golfers’ elbow are repetitive overstrain (RSI) of the arms and hands and is usually related to office or manual work (computers & hand tools), or in the case of frozen shoulder can occur as a result of a relatively minor shoulder injury which doesn’t heal very well and is not rehabilitated properly.

With all of these conditions, they can come on for no apparent reason – which basically means that the joints and muscles involved have been under a constant strain for quite a while and that the last time you put it under strain (when you felt that initial big pain), it was 'the straw that broke the camel's back'.  

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists work to help reverse this musculo-skeletal tension and get to the root cause of the problem, which should help to decrease the likelihood of your pain recurring.  

We also give advice for you to help yourself thus enabling you to take more control of the situation and this also helps to prevent recurrence of the same injury in future.

Sprains

Sometimes injury occurs because of sprained ligaments (ankles, wrists etc), we can help your body to recover quicker than it normally would if there happens to be underlying restrictions or inappropriate strains on your body structure that prevent the ligaments from healing properly.


Muscle Spasm

Muscle spasm can commonly be due to muscle overload or overstrain caused by repetitive work, excessive sports training without appropriate stretching or poor posture.  

The pain is very sharp and is often mistaken for other more serious conditions such as Disc Injury with nerve entrapment (such as if spasm affects the Hamstring muscles it's commonly mistaken for sciatica).

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists can help to relieve the stress placed on the overstrained muscles and realign the joints to affect the overall posture – taking the long term stress away from the body to help prevent recurrence of injury.

We can also advise you how best to alter your work/sports routine to bring most benefit your body balance.


Arthritic Pains

As we age, our joints can wear (known as osteoarthritis) and our muscles can become more contracted as a result.  This often leads to what are commonly known as 'Arthritic Pains'.   

The pain can be due to a number of factors, but commonly it is due to the wear and tear of joint surfaces and the pain associated with muscle contraction.  

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists can’t help repair joints unfortunately, although you might be able to help yourself do it to some degree, with the correct diet and gentle exercise.

Osteopathy, Acupuncture & Craniosacral Therapy has great effects with managing the pain of contracted muscles, associated with these conditions.  

When you couple our treatment here at Baks, with your self help, you can normally have a very positive effects with producing pain relief and increasing joint mobility.


Disc Injury

The injury of a disc occurs when so much pressure is put on the disc, that the outer fibers tear.  This is commonly due to a memorable event such as bending, lifting or a fall. A disc can also be damaged by less memorable events such as bending while gardening.  

The most common place for a prolapsed disc to occur is in the lumbar (lower back) region although it may occur in the cervical region (neck) or, less commonly, in other places down the spine

Disc injuries are characterised by a band of pain over the sight of the injury, with or without symptoms into the leg or arm. 

If the disc injury is in the neck the pain may be accompanied with arm and hand symptoms. In the case of a disc injury in the low back then the pain can be accompanied with symptoms into the legs and feet. The symptoms in the arms and legs can vary from being a deep ache, to tingling, numbness and weakness.

In some cases the back pain is worse than the leg symptoms and in other cases the leg symptoms are worse than the back symptoms. 

In some cases there are leg symptoms but no back pain and in some cases there is back pain without leg symptoms.

Often it can take 12 – 48 hours for the symptoms to develop from a low back twinge into stiffness, then pain and then leg or arm symptoms.

How bad is a disc injury?

All disc injuries are serious and are completely different from the kind of low back pain that Osteopaths are  famous for “clicking away” in a few sessions.

A small tear to the outer fibers of the disc can cause local inflammation which is very painful and can sometimes cause irritation of a spinal nerve (for example the sciatic nerve causing leg symptoms).

However, in a more serious injury the gelatinous material from inside the disc protrudes out of the disc and can compress spinal nerves. This is called a disc prolapse or herniated disc (or “slipped disc”). It is completely impossible to click the disc back into place with a swift manipulation as is sometimes thought by the general public.

Occasionally a severe prolapse may cause sciatica down both legs simultaneously. 

IMPORTANT A severe prolapse may even affect the nerves to the bladder causing the sufferer to become incontinent, unable to pass water or to lose control of their bowels. If you have any change to your bowel or bladder functions you must go to your nearest accident and emergency hospital immediately.

Philip Wise, your Osteopath and Svetlana Wise, your Acupuncturist & Craniosacral Therapist, can help by reducing the restriction to areas around the injured disc and  advising you on the best practice to increase your chances of a swift healing time.


Bad Posture/Postural Pain

It is common to get neck and back pain during pregnancy due to the changes in your posture and this can become severe as the weeks & months pass.  

This is partly because of the natural release of a hormone called ‘Relaxin’ at around the middle of the second trimester, which leads to laxity of your ligaments and joints. 

This can result in a higher strain being put on the whole body.  

Resolving any background pain that you have in advance of pregnancy (or in earlier stages) could reduce the likelihood of you developing severe back pain during the later stages of your pregnancy, although this cannot be guaranteed as we are all individuals and have varying daily routines, some of which can act to re-trigger your pain in the future. 

Even if you develop pain within the last trimester (6 - 9 months) then Osteopathy and cranio-sacral therapy could still help ease your pain and get you through to the final stages in the best possible health.

Somebody who has generally bad posture may suffer similarly but for different reasons (such as poor work posture).  Philip Wise, your Osteopath and Svetlana Wise, your Acupuncturist & Craniosacral Therapist, can help by reducing restriction in areas which are tight and allowing a more normal body balance to resume.


Some types of headaches and stress related pains

Another common cause of pain in our ever-increasingly stress-filled world is cervicogenic headaches.  

These are commonly linked with stress and tension in the muscles of the upper neck and shoulders. 

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists can't take away the stress elements of your emotional or work life – but they can work to alleviate the physical stresses that your body has to endure due to any physical restrictions that may be occurring on your body which are leading to the unnecessary tension in your neck and shoulders – thus helping to reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches.

'Migraines' are difficult conditions to deal with and it's certainly very difficult to get rid of them, but by no means impossible.  

The Osteopath & Craniosacral Therapist can help by assisting in the adjustment of key mechanical areas of the body which in turn, can release the tension associated with certain types of headache.

Certain types of headaches can indicate more serious conditions and may need medical attention.  

Your Osteopath & Craniosacral Therapist is trained to diagnose musculo-skeletal causes of pain and if it is deemed that your headache is not of a musculo-skeletal origin, then you will be referred to your G.P for appropriate testing to be carried out.


Overly Irritable babies

A prolonged or drawn out birth, possibly with the use of  birth delivery tools (such as forceps or ventouse) can lead to a relative malalignment of the cranial bones, which could result in discomfort for your baby. 

This may be displayed as prolonged periods of crying, maybe with their legs drawn up to their chest and for which your midwife may recommend medications such as ‘Infracol’.

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists work gently, making very fine adjustments to cranial bone positioning and releasing restrictions in other key areas of the body which may become strained during birth.  

Why not ask your midwife about how a Cranial Osteopath or Craniosacral Therapist can help you or your child?


Frequently Asked Questions:


Is Osteopathy Painful?

Nothing a good osteopath does could cause you any more harm than if you were to climb a flight of stairs.  All techniques are aimed at decreasing the sensitivity of the nervous system and removing obstructions to good health, i.e. increasing the blood supply & drainage to our organs & the nerves that supply them.
Some soft tissue treatment may cause discomfort during treatment. Your osteopath will tell you what to expect, and will want you to let them know if you are in pain.  You may feel a little stiff or sore after treatment. 
This is a normal, healthy response to the treatment as it shows that a positive change in your musculo-skeletal structure has occurred, a bit like post exercise muscle soreness.  If there is a treatment reaction, then it normally subsides within 36 - 48 hours.

Is Osteopathy Safe?

All techniques are safe and effective with a legal history that other professions envy – litigation for malpractice is incredibly rare, meaning that Osteopaths have one of the lowest insurance premiums amongst primary healthcare professionals.  Why? – because we're safe.

Is Osteopathy effective?

For at least 142 years, Osteopathy has been used to alleviate the symptoms of many diseases as well as reduce the pain caused by general musculo-skeletal dysfunction.  So at the very least there’s a huge amount of empirical evidence to suggest it’s very effective.  For the evidence of Osteopathy, then click on the following link for more information: Evidence for Osteopathy | NCOR

Proven efficacy of Osteopathy

Clinical trials have shown that “Osteopathy is more effective at reducing low back pain, than taking pain relieving drugs or following an exercise regime alone”. 'Interpreting low back pain trials: UK BEAM was it meaningful?' Robert Froud 2008

Am I alone in suffering from muscle/joint pains?

Affecting around 1 in 3 adults in the UK each year, low back pain is a very common disorder, with an estimated 2.5 million people seeking help from their GP about their condition. 'Current NICE guidlines’

“An estimated 175 Million working days were lost to illness, often due to stress & musculoskeletal disorders, in 2006 alone”.  'Working for a healthier tomorrow'; Govt. Review, 2008 

In a speech addressing an audience at the British Heart Foundation's Well at Work pilot scheme, the (2007 - 2009) secretary of state for health , Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP said 

“Back pain alone costs employers £600 million a year, with sufferers of persistent back problems on average taking 17 days off sick per year” 

So to answer the question - no, you are not alone. 

What should I wear to the consultation? 

As with any medical/manual therapy based examination, you will probably be asked to undress to your underwear, so please wear something you are comfortable in. If you are unhappy with this, then it isn’t a problem so long as you wear some loose fitting clothing which allows you to be moved without restricting body movement.  Bear in mind that a spinal assessment isn’t complete without a full view of your spine and this will be reflected in the results achieved during treatment. 

Can I bring a friend or relative? 

Yes – if you wish you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.

Do I need to see my doctor first? 

No, you don’t need to see your doctor first if you are paying for your own treatment. However, some insurance companies require you to see your doctor first.  If you are making a claim with an insurance company for your session, then please inform me prior to treatment so appropriate billing can be arranged. 

How much does treatment cost? 

It varies depending on the age of the patient and the time chosen for an appointment. See the fees page

How many treatments will I need? 

The number of treatments needed depends on the condition and body type of the person we are treating. We aim to keep your appointments to a minimum. Your osteopath will be able to tell you within a short period of time whether they can treat you or if they need to refer you to someone else. 

What’s the cracking sound that I’ve heard about? - Do you always ‘crack backs’? 

Sometimes, when we move joints you may hear a ‘click’. This is just like the click people get when they ‘crack their knuckles’.  This is thought to be gas escaping from the joint as it is gently opened and freed. 

 You don’t have to be concerned about this, as if you choose to not have this type of technique used on you, then Philip Wise will not perform it and will use another suitable and more favourable-to-you technique to achieve a similar outcome.  

Sometimes (normally with chronically restricted spines) using these gentler techniques can mean that the desired effect can take longer to achieve and may result in a greater number of treatment sessions needed, but they are ultimately still very effective. 

As an alternative to this type of manipulative technique, you will likely be offered much more gentle techniques to help ease your pain.  If you prefer, you can see Svetlana Wise, who is a practising Craniosacral Therapist here at Baks Osteopathy Ltd.


App launched for patients with chronic joint pain

ESCAPE-Pain stands for ‘Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain’ and is a 12 session rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain in the lower extremities. The result of over 25 years of research, informed by patients, service providers and commissioners, this successful programme is now supported by an ESCAPE-Pain app that includes engaging animations and informative videos to help people to remain active whilst coping with joint pain. 

The app can be downloaded for free by patients from the Google Play and Apple app stores. For more on the ESCAPE-Pain programme visit their website.  


Page updated 11th October 2017





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