What We Offer

Osteopathy with Linda.

General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)

Osteopathy. It’s not just about Backs and Bones.

Many of you may not have come across an osteopath or know what an osteopath is or does. That’s not so surprising. We aren’t available on the NHS in Scotland yet and there are only 161 of us registered here.

So what do we do?

Simply, we treat any muscle or joint pain through manual therapy. Manual therapy includes treatments such as deep massage, manipulations, mobilisations (getting tissues/joints/muscles moving) and sometimes acupuncture. Each patient is treated based on their individual needs and how well they respond to a particular treatment. For example, if two patients each had the same knee injury, one may respond to acupuncture whereas the other may benefit more from deep massage.

Standard osteopathy treatments are usually for 40 minutes: £45 per treatment.

We do offer an hour treatment session which costs £60, this is at the discretion of your osteopath. You/we may feel you would benefit from this longer session if there are multiple or complex issues present. The beneficial effects of osteopathy are far-reaching and treatable conditions include, but are not limited to, listed in the table below:-



Treatable conditions include, but are not limited to:-
Back & Neck Pain; Tension, Disc Problems Shoulder & Arm Pain Pelvis, Hip & Leg Pain; Sciatica
Postural Issues Digestive Problems e.g. IBS Medical Acupuncture
Headache Arising from the Neck Trapped Nerves e.g. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Arthritic Pain
Sports Injuries; Strained Muscles & Sprained Ligaments, Tendinopathy Pregnancy Related Pain, e.g. Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction Repetitive Strains e.g. Tennis Elbow, Plantar Fasciitis


We request that you give us 24 hours notice when cancelling an appointment, so that the appointment time can be allocated to someone else, otherwise a £20 cancellation fee may be charged. It is our policy to give you a courtesy call in the case of missed appointments to establish whether you would like to reschedule the appointment.






Sports Therapy - Injury Assessment with Ross Maitland MSc-Sports Therapist

What Ross Offers

Injury Assessments to all Muscles & Joints Ross offers injury assessments to all muscles and joints, including the spine, for both sporting and non-sporting individuals. Techniques include massage; mobilisations; Kinesio tapings; rehabilitation programs. All tailored specifically to each individual. The aim being the return to their sport/day-to-day life in a better condition prior to the injury.

You don’t have to be a sporty person to visit Ross. He is more than qualified to diagnose and treat all muscle and joint problems. He is super keen to help and has a great eye for finding the root cause of the issue. Ross is available at our clinic on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please call us to make an appointment. If you would like to chat to him further about how he can help you please call 07985 787 979.

Ross qualified from Teesside university in 2016 before returning home and starting up RDM Sports Therapy whilst continuing his studies at Glasgow University. Ross graduated from his MSc in September 2017 and now works as a Sports Therapist with the Clyde FC first team & Rehabilitation and Fitness Coach for the Thistle Weir Youth Academy.

Typical Fees

£45 – Initial Assessment. 1 Hour duration.
£40 – Follow Up. 1 Hour duration.
£35 – Sports Massage. 1 Hour duration.
£25 – Sports Massage for Under 16’s. 30 Minutes.

Qualifications

BSc Sports Therapy | MSc Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine | Level 2 Kinesio Tape Practitioner






Myofascial Release with Jane Meek

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a hands-on physical therapy used to alleviate strain, tension and pain in the body. ‘Myo’ means ‘relating to muscle’. ‘Fascia’ means ‘band’ and refers to the body’s connective tissue network. Tendons and ligaments are the forms of fascia that most people would recognise, but they are only one aspect of this complex and diverse soft tissue.

MFR targets structural imbalances in the fascial network that may be contributing to muscular aches and strains, joint pain and fatigue. MFR aims to restore flexibility and resilience to the body, helping to reduce tension and pain and promote ease of movement.

What to Expect at Your MFR Treatment Session

Your initial session (usually 90 minutes) will include a case history and postural evaluation as well as treatment. Follow-up sessions may be 60 or 90 minutes in length. Clients are usually treated in their underwear, but some people prefer to bring a pair of shorts and a vest or bra top to the session. A variety of treatment positions may be used: side-lying, face down, face up, seated and standing. This allows the fascial system to be addressed three-dimensionally.

Your therapist’s goal is to create a treatment approach which is specific to you and your particular needs. They will also help you to identify faulty movement patterns or other issues which could be perpetuating your pain/tension cycle and develop strategies to break this cycle. This could be as simple as analysing how you sit, stand or lift and suggesting more efficient ways to perform these activities.

You can call Jane directly on 07759 182 236 for bookings and further information.







Medical Acupuncture with Linda

What is Medical Acupuncture?

At Bearsden Osteopaths we often use Medical Acupuncture in parallel with osteopathic techniques to alleviate pain. Most people are familiar with the idea of acupuncture being the insertion of very fine needles into specific areas of the body for therapeutic effect, but medical acupuncture (sometimes called “modern” or “western acupuncture” or “dry needling”) differs from most people’s concept of acupuncture as being an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) discipline which works on rebalancing “lines of energy” or your “elements” such as “fire and water”.

In medical acupuncture we have borrowed the tools from TCM (i.e. the needles!) and apply them to a modern understanding of anatomy. One of the main differences is we do not as rigorously have to follow the very specific points on the TCM “meridians”, which although documented for thousands of years by TCM do not follow anatomy as we now understand it. Another difference in practical terms is the length of time the needles are inserted; it is usually a few minutes at most, allowing us to incorporate it into your standard treatment session.

What to Expect from Medical Acupuncture

There are several common musculoskeletal conditions for which we have found it to be especially useful and would commonly enquire during an appointment whether the patient would like to incorporate some needles into their treatment plan:-

1.  Areas of very tight and painful muscle commonly known as “knots”, technically known as “trigger points” which can appear and cause pain in their own right, but can be part of a wider issue such as the muscle tension associated with a joint sprain in the neck or lower back.

2.  Arthritic pain. There is no cure for arthritis but acupuncture can improve quality of life, indeed much of the research into acupuncture has focused on pain reduction from knee osteoarthritis.

3.  “Tennis Elbow”. This is not in fact a problem with the elbow itself but with the muscles and tendons of the forearm.

4.  Lower back pain and “Sciatica”. Relieving the tension in the lower back and hip muscles with needles can be highly beneficial.

And many more.

It is of course not suitable for everyone. There are safety concerns to be discussed, e.g. having a bleeding disorder may be a reason not to have acupuncture. Understandably, the idea of needles simply might not be everyone’s cup of tea! If we felt you would benefit from acupuncture we would of course discuss this with you beforehand and obtain your consent. It is also not suitable for every condition across the board e.g. the evidence of there being benefit for sciatica associated with a disc injury is not strong enough for us to recommend needles in these cases.

We don’t treat conditions outside of the musculoskeletal system with medical acupuncture, so for help with such things as stopping smoking, fertility, circulation disorders etc. please contact your local TCM acupuncturist, they are highly trained professionals in their field and good results in these areas are often achieved.

Please contact us for more information on Medical Acupuncture at Bearsden Osteopaths