Answering questions regarding your visit

If visiting an Osteopath is a new experience for you, the following information aims to answer the questions patients' most frequently ask. If you have had treatment elsewhere you may wish to familiarise yourself with Andrew Gilmour's approach to your care. Andrew Gilmour is always happy to answer questions by:e:mail to or phone to 01394 387818

What to expect from the consultation and treatment

At the time of an initial assessment, Andrew Gilmour aims to diagnose the presenting problem and gain an understanding of the underlying reasons for it. Once these reasons are appreciated, it is easier to devise ways of avoiding relapses or re-occurrences. Andrew Gilmour will share this information with you as improved understanding will enable you to play your part in getting the best from treatment. As well as involving Osteopathic manipulation, your treatment plan may include advice on posture, diet, lifestyle or stress, if these are relevant to your problem.

Andrew Gilmour generally compiles an informal programme for your recovery, so that you understand what to do in your daily life and when to return for treatment if this is needed. What to do at work, home as well as in sport and leisure can greatly affect your progress and your part in this treatment is just as important as that of the treatment itself. Usually treatment is pleasant and rarely painful.

Treatment from Andrew Gilmour

Like all Osteopaths Andrew Gilmour applies treatment using his hands with you, the patient, being a passive subject. He uses 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. This is carried out being mindful of your physique and with due regard for you as an individual, including your prevailing lifestyle factors. These Osteopathic skills Andrew has learned through training, practise and experience.


What can be treated?

Back and neck pain of all types provides the largest proportion of Andrew Gilmour's work. Whether simple or complex, recent or longstanding, these problems are a regular part of everyday practice life.

Andrew also examines and treats:- -

1) Muscle and joint pains affecting all moving parts of the skeletal system.

2) Sports related injuries, such as 'tennis elbow', 'pulled hamstring' or 'strained ankle'.

3) Muscular pain and circulation problems associated with pregnancy and associated changes in postural mechanics.

4) Work related difficulties, such as repetitive strain and those relating to long hours at a computer, repeated lifting or poor posture.

5) Problems in later life, for example osteoarthritic hips and knees which hamper activity in later life.

6) Less commonly, there are many other problems of pain and function (such as headache, gastric pain, chest pain, gynaecological pain) which seemingly fall into the remit of medical diagnosis and treatment that, once sinister causes have been ruled out, can turn out to be referred pain of mechanical origin and these are often very satisfying to treat.