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Osteopathy - North East
Natalie Nicolas-Foulser Osteopath
Natalie Nicolas graduated with a First Class Masters degree in Osteopathy from Swansea in 2014.
Natalie has a keen interest in treating musculo-skeletal pain from a holistic viewpoint, observing the body as an integral unit.
She specialises in helping people with back or neck pain, injuries and chronic pain. There’s no such thing as a typical patient, because office workers and athletes, children and the elderly, can benefit from osteopathy.
Natalie loves helping people and creating bespoke treatment plans to help them recover from musculo-skeletal pain. Each patient has a full assessment and a working diagnosis and has several appointments to improve their symptoms.
Natalie is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy.
What Can Someone Expect at an Osteopathy Appointment?
Natalie explains: “Firstly, I book people in for a one-hour consultation. I ask the patient to tell me what the problem is and what they think is causing it. I’ll also prompt them to talk about the case history, when the pain started and if it’s better or worse at certain times, as well as their health and medication.”
The information gathered helps Natalie to narrow down the potential cause of the pain. Once that’s all covered, she does an assessment, which varies depending on the case history.
The assessment usually involves removing clothes down to underwear and shorts, and Natalie watches the patient walking and moving to see if there’s anything noticeable which could have contributed to the pain, including looking at the spine for any clues. Then, she focuses on the area of the pain, and moves the joint for the patient.
At this point, she formulates a working diagnosis of what the pain is most likely caused by, as it’s not always possible to be completely certain. Natalie then creates a treatment plan from the diagnosis.
Treatment usually consists of soft tissue therapy (i.e. massage), joint mobilisation to help it move better, manipulation, which is a stronger form of joint mobilisation and usually happens on the spine. Sometimes she also demonstrates stretching and resistance movements the patient can do at home.
Within four to six treatments, patients should have seen an improvement in the symptoms. If they don’t, Natalie will reassess and see if there’s anything she can change in the working diagnosis or refer to the NHS pathway if appropriate.
Natalie says: “One of the best ways way to understand osteopathy it is to come and experience the treatment for themselves.”
A telephone assessment can be made to check you are suitable before booking a course of treatment.