Practice life

Andrew Gilmour has practised as a full time Osteopath in Ipswich, Suffolk, for more than 35 years, having qualified from the British School of Osteopathy (London) in 1978. In the early days, Osteopaths had 'horns' and were often branded as 'charlatans'. It is hard to believe that before 1980 a doctor could be 'struck off' for referring a patient to an Osteopath. The change in 'The General Medical Council Rules' was the first of many important steps to the recognition which Osteopathy enjoys today. Andrew has been privileged to witness and be part of this process of change.

Andrew Gilmour returned effort to the Osteopathic profession on a national basis serving on its governing body, the General Osteopathic Council, its Public Relations, Ethics, Education and Research Advisory Committees. Andrew has been a board member at the British School of Osteopathy and acted as an external examiner, ensuring the clinical competence of graduating Osteopaths. He has lectured extensively and lives, with his family, in Ufford Woodbridge.

Andrew Gilmour's clinical approach

Since the outset of his career, Andrew Gilmour has been committed to seeking the best treatment solution for each, and every, patient. He quickly realised that, although Osteopathy has much to offer patients suffering spinal and other skeletal conditions, other disciplines have invaluable, and proven, treatment options too. Andrew has always worked with, and alongside, medical disciplines rather than in conflict with them. This is a fundamental to his style of practise.

When patients attend, Andrew helps them to explore not only what he can do for them but also what others can offer. He then prioritises these options into a treatment plan. He sources other investigations such as X-rays, Ultrasound and MRI scans from Nuffield Health Ipswich. Andrew has a network of doctors, consultants and practitioners of all disciplines to whom he refers patients. This network has been built over many years so that he uses only practitioners who have, a proven record of, expertise and quality of service.

Services for patients

Some of the reasons why patients' visit Andrew Gilmour are :-

1) Consultation and treatment - This is the most common reason to attend. To be given a diagnosis and follow up with a course of treatment for a single episode or to prevent multiple episodes.
2) Consultation only - Some patients' require advice only, a second opinion regarding treatment they have already received, or wish to undergo an assessment diagnosis and discussion before commencing treatment. Others prefer to revieve self help information rather than attend for a course of treatment.
3) Workstation or Manual handling assessment -usually within the workplace.
4) Home visit - Usually because patients are in too much pain to be moved from home.
5) Medicolegal reports - for solicitors or for employers or other medical practitioners.


Treatment from Andrew Gilmour

Like all Osteopaths, Andrew Gilmour applies treatment using his hands, with you being a passive subject. He use joint 'manipulations' to improve the range of motion of individual joints. You will often feel a 'click' as these 'manipulations' are performed. Other stretching 'articulatory' techniques are employed to rhythmically stretch the ligaments of a joint by manually using the patient's limbs as levers. 'Soft tissue' manual techniques are another umbrella term used to describe a wide range of massage type techniques.

Andrew Gilmour believes that the Osteopathic approach is more than a series of manipulations. The skill of an Osteopath is one of blending a number of different manual techniques to improve skeletal function according to the diagnosis.

Treatment is carried out being mindful of your physique and with due regard for you as an individual and your relevant lifestyle factors. These skills Andrew has learned through years of training, practice and experience.


You and your visit

During the consultation Andrew Gilmour's aims are to:-

1) Listen to your story and be considerate to your individual needs.
2) Undertake an appropriate examination.
3) Request further investigations when needed.
4) Explain his findings and treatment plan.
5) Let you know what should happen if the initial plan is not successful.
6) Carry out treatment as necessary and monitor its effect.
7) Offer you alternative options if Osteopathy cannot help you.
8) Review your progress from time to time.
9) Maintain the necessary qualifications, registration, professional indemnity and continuing professional development.
10) Carry out the above in an appropriate clinical environment.