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• Our clinics are based in Benson at Ivy Cottage, Chapel Lane, Benson, Oxfordshire OX10 6LU (nr Wallingford) and in Abingdon (Locations Link). We are accepted by all major insurance companies. By checking company or family policies patients often find they are covered for a course of treatment.

• Osteopaths are trained to recognise and treat a number of causes of pain and dysfunction and all osteopaths are recognised under the auspices of the `Osteopaths Act` (1993). Further information relating to how osteopaths treat, the philosophy behind treatment and also what to expect when visiting an osteopath can be found in our FAQs section. More information is available at the osteopathic information pages or you can phone me to discuss any aspects of treatment on t: 01491-838866 

Rohan Iswariah D.O. is a fully trained osteopath, registered with the General Osteopathic Council since its inaugeration in May 2000. I gained my qualification from  The British School Of Osteopathy  in 1983 and have been in full time practice treating all age groups for a wide range of conditions ever since. All osteopaths are required to undertake regular development and training (CPD). Here is a list of courses and lectures that I have attended since 2004 as part of a continual learning and advancement process. 

Our clinics accept most major insurance companies. For further information regarding claim protocols please e-mail.  rohaniswariah@hotmail.com


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Recent You Gov Public Perception Survey Results

by rohan iswariah on 12/18/18

 "powerful evidence of patient satisfaction...that typifies osteopathic care"


Commissioned by the GoSC in April 2015 (n=1566) and published in The Institute of  Osteopathy  booklet dated September 2015 www.localosteopath.com




Differences between osteopathy chiropractic and physiotherapy

by rohan iswariah on 10/20/18

This is one of the most frequently asked questions asked by patients over the phone and also at a first consultation. It is a difficult question to answer succinctly but the link shown here from NCOR ( National Council for Osteopathic Research ) is interesting as it looks at what each profession says about itself and also summarises the information provided by the professional body for each group.



Hairdressing Hazards

by rohan iswariah on 01/09/17

The Hazards Of Hairdressing

 

 

 

 

 

 


Many occupations involve some degree of manual work which will often include lifting. Those people that are traditionally engaged in jobs like building and plumbing are thought to be at particular risk of injury. This is true but not everyone would consider hairdressing a risk occupation; however studies have shown that 70+% of hairdressers suffer from work related injuries. These affect all parts of the body, mainly in the low back, neck and shoulder areas.

We shouldn`t really be surprised, as standing on the feet using the arms repetitively whilst performing intricate tasks for long periods of time, causes various strains on the body, which can lead to injury.

These strains are often mechanical in nature but stress can also be a factor. Some of the knock-on effects relate to inefficient blood supply and waste clearance in the muscles which are supporting the body and arms.

The feet, veins, knees and back are vulnerable to prolonged standing on hard floors. Bending to shampoo hair can also contribute to aches, pains and restrictions affecting the body. There are also natural stresses related to clients who share their own problems with a hairdresser for example.

Typical Conditions

Here are some commonly diagnosed conditions (labels) attributed to hairdressing:

  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Locked or restricted joints in the neck or spine
  • “Trapped nerves”
  • Postural Related Fatigue
  • Tension Headaches
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Muscle / joint tightening and strain
  • Varicose veins
  • Tennis/Golfers` elbow
  • Tendinitis
  • Stress Related Effects
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Cramps

 

So How Can I Help Myself?

Here are some measures that can help

 

1.    Leave plenty of time for travel where possible so that you start the day in a       relaxed state

  1. Cushioning with a rubber mat or similar to help reduce compressional stresses

  2. Evenly distribute weight during breaks by sitting on a properly designed chair eg. a saddle stool  This can also reduce the stress on the legs

  3. Help the circulation by moving to adjust your position whilst standing

  4. Keeping your centre of gravity near the midline helps to balance the weight distributions through the spine and legs

  5. Appropriate, supportive non-slip footwear is advisable. Avoiding heels is therefore sensible

  6. Orthotics or insoles can reduce compression and help with the foot mechanics. This translates to less stresses and strains in the knees, hips and spine

  7. Standing with one foot in front of the other or with one leg elevated on a support where health and safety is not compromised can spread loads and reduce low back strain

  8. Avoid excessive bending by standing closer to client

  9. Clients chair heights should be adjustable where possible

  10. Neck, arm and back stretches between clients or at break times in the day are essential

  11. Keep an eye on the weight and exercise regularly to keep down the stresses put through the body

  12. Drink water to keep hydrated

  13. Smoking has been linked to many illnesses including muscle and joint pains so find a way of giving up if you are a smoker (https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree)

  14. Use a mirror to assess your posture and improve

  15. Use good quality scissors to reduce hand stress

  16. Wrist position is important so avoid twisting strains

  17. Meditation and/or other relaxation techniques can help

     

By taking some simple precautions injuries can be avoided and this in turn will make us more productive; Manual treatment can also help to reduce stiffness and to improve joint function which will often alleviates aches and pains.

Good Luck

Rohan Iswariah D.O

Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month – May 2016

by rohan iswariah on 05/02/16

Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month – May 2016

It is estimated that around 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the usually strong support struts that make up the inside of most bones becomes thinner, which can lead to bones becoming fragile and breaking easily, resulting in pain and disability.

In the UK, one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will fracture a bone, mainly due to poor bone health. But osteoporosis is often a silent condition, giving no pain or other symptoms to alert you to the fact until the worst happens and a bone breaks. As such, many people living with osteoporosis are unaware that they have fragile bones until this happens, sometimes with devastating consequences. Indeed an alarming new study published by the International Osteoporosis Foundation suggested that 37% of men that sustain an osteoporosis related hip fracture will die in the first year following the break.

Those that smoke or drink in excess of the recommended daily alcohol intake are at greater risk, but gender, genetics, age, race and low body weight are all contributing factors.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. There is a lot you can do to prevent the condition, and to reduce your chance of breaking a bone if you do get it. Your local osteopath can screen you for the condition using a special online screening tool called the FRAX questionnaire and can give you dietary, exercise and lifestyle advice to help manage your risk factors to reduce the impact of the condition on your lifestyle.

To find out more about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, contact the National Osteoporosis Society via their confidential helpline (0845 450 0230) or by visiting their website at: https://www.nos.org.uk/

Amusing patient anecdote ?: It`s a small world !

by rohan iswariah on 03/26/16

Dear Rohan
My last appointment with you was to ensure that I was fit and well for a trip to Australia.  After travelling to Adelaide and driving for 4 hours my wife and I arrived at an old sheep station where up to 10 guests can stay and experience the outback. On this occasion there was only one other couple staying there and, notwithstaning the 10000 miles from your practice, you were soon a topic of discussion as it turned out that two of us had been treated by you!  By the way both patients fit and well.
Regards
PH

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