Treatments at Hammersmith Osteopath

What Does Osteopathic Treatment Involve?

Osteopathy is a Professional Statutory Regulated Hands on Treatment Not a Massage. There are a wide range of osteopathic techniques that Alison can use, that are gentle enough for an infant or firm enough to restore fitnesss to an athlete.   Alison very rarely uses high velocity manipulation (when you hear a click); there are other techniques that are far more effective and less traumatic to the body.  The choice of technique depends on the clinical situation, medical history and age. Methods used include structural, cranial, visceral and fascial methods.  The treatment is always specifically tailored to you.   

Why Choose an Osteopath for Treatment?

Osteopaths are highly qualified statutory regulated primary health professionals. As an osteopath Alison can diagnose your condition and differentially diagnose from other medical conditions. Osteopathy involves a thorough understanding of biomechanics, scientific priniciples and clinical diagnosis. Alison will always carry out a thorough clinical examination; if you another type of treatment or tests are needed you will be referred to your GP or the appropriate health professional.

What makes the treatment by Alison Judah, Hammersmith Osteopath Unique?

  • 25 Years Clinical Expertise as an Osteoopath
  • Bespoke treatment tailored to each individual
  • Former Examiner for Clinical Competence Exams
  • Experience in dealing with complex Cases
  • Emphasis on educating patients about injury prevention.
  • Consultations are Longer than most Practices
  • Ergonomic Advice relating to Home, Work or Performance
  • Paediatric Qualified and Experienced
  • As a primary healthcare professional, you do not need a GP referral to attend.


What do I need to wear?

You will usually need to undress down to your underwear, if it will make you feel more confortable please bring a stretchy pair of shorts to change into, it is also helpful if women wear a bra that can be undone at the back so as to be able to access the spine.
There are several techniques that Alison may use to treat you; the choice depends on the condition, age and medical history of the patient.

How many treatments are required?

The number of treatments you will need depends on the problems you have and your recovery rate. After the first consultation, it will usually be possible to establish whether your problems can be sorted out quickly or will take a longer time. It is important to seek help as soon as you start experiencing pain or other symptoms.

Post Treatment


Specific post treatment advice will be given on how to increase your recovery rate and how to prevent injuries in the future.  Exercises are often prescribed. 

Reaction to Treatment

Like any clinical treatment occasionally there may experience and adverse reaction to your treatment. This may take the form of soreness or acheing and can last up to 24 hours.  Some people are more prone to an adverse reaction and Alison will advise you how to minimise the risk.

Other tests and referrals

Sometimes clinical tests such as MRI scans, xrays, or other medical investigations may be necessary; Alsion can refer directly privately or you can be referred to your GP for an NHS referral.

‚ÄčAdvice Only Sessions  

Advice only sessions are available to ask about general health problems, for help dealing with medical documentation, advice about a specific condition or help to determine who the most appropriate professional you should see for a specific problem.

Arriving for your appointment

Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your appointment as the waiting area is limited. Thank you.