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  • Osteopath in Notting Hill, West London

About Carry Triggs Hodge

I’m an Osteopath based in Notting Hill, West London. I work from The Portobello Clinic in Notting Hill, and help people to recover from long and short term musculo-skeletal pain and dysfunction, whether the result of injury or other factors, pre or post surgery.

Body Health has a huge impact on our ability to be productive and fulfilled in life. The body is a dynamic system that needs movement to function well. There are many ways to achieve this and it depends on the individual: the majority of those living with chronic debilitating pain have the scope to improve and move well again.

I have a Masters Degree in Osteopathy and am a Fellow of Applied Functional Science, which is in-depth knowledge of human movement/bio-mechanics. I’m also trained in CFT (Cognitive Functional Therapy) which is the clinical application of the latest evidence in pain science and the nervous system to help people with chronic pain conditions. These skills, along with clinical experience, inform my commitment to improving patients’ understanding of their problem, how they can resolve symptoms, and regain confidence in movement and their ability to function well day-to-day, in work, play or at rest.

We’re constantly building and adding to our physical ‘autobiographies’; every body tells a story about how it got to where it is today… My goal is to provide real tangible change you can feel and results you can sustain into your future.

Osteopathy Clinic in Notting Hill

The practice is within the Portobello Clinic, a private GP surgery on Raddington Road, off the Portobello Road (you do not have to be registered with the surgery to receive treatment from us).

It is a 5 minute walk from Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park underground stations, or a 15 minute walk/bus journey from Notting Hill underground station (No. 52/452 buses).

There is pay and display parking on Blagrove Road, adjacent to the clinic.

What can an Osteopath treat?

I regularly help people with a variety of conditions and symptoms affecting the musculo-skeletal system (muscles-skeleton). This includes joint or muscular problems anywhere in the body, such as the neck or back, shoulders or hips, knees or ankles/feet. Treatment can also help with things like chronic pain, sports injuries, sciatica and headaches, and the effects of scoliosis and arthritis.

It is suitable for most people, including the elderly, pregnant women, athletes, people who do a lot of manual work, and office workers who sit a lot.

If you’re unsure whether treatment could help you or whether it’s appropriate, get in touch using the form below.

How do I treat patients?

Treatment often includes different approaches and techniques, including hands-on methods and strategies using specific movement patterns. Exactly what is done depends entirely on the individual and what is most appropriate and effective at that time. Treatment is as holistic as possible, meaning that it addresses the whole person in the context of their circumstances.

The focus is on getting you better quicker and helping you to become pain free without relying on endless treatment. Patient independence is extremely important for lasting results.

Your first session with an Osteopath

When you visit for the first time we’ll discuss the history of your current problem and any previous symptoms that you may or may not feel are related, as well as your medical, injury and movement history. We’ll also discuss your goals for the future and do an assessment. All of this initial information enables us to decide if you’re in the right place for the best help, or if you need to be referred for different investigations or other specialist help.

Assessment involves evaluating movement in different ways and might include how you walk, rotate, bend or squat. The current state of your joints and soft tissue will be palpated (felt/assessed by hand) to get as much information as possible. It depends on what you’re comfortable with and how much pain or discomfort you feel, we will always stay within ranges of movement that are pain free and that you can control.


Treatment

Treatment itself often involves different approaches and techniques such as hands-on methods using movement or while you’re at rest on the plinth, followed by strategies and exercises you can use afterwards and in the long term.

After treatment you should expect to feel informed about your body, understand the likely cause(s) of your problem(s), as well as what you can do you to alleviate your symptoms and avoid recurring issues. This is in addition to feeling relief from the symptoms you are seeking help with, wherever possible – response to treatment depends on each individual situation.


How long is each session?

Appointments usually last around an hour. The aim of any appointment is to make sure treatment is effective and economical, looking for good results fast.

Some people respond to treatment quickly, for others it takes longer, and it may be beneficial to have a some consecutive treatments with regular re-evaluation of progress to ensure you are moving in the right direction and getting the expected results.

Do I need a referral?

You don’t need to be referred by your GP to see an osteopath because we are primary healthcare practitioners. However, if you have private health insurance, you may need to see your GP first (please contact me to find out if we work with your provider). If you are not sure if osteopathy is appropriate for you or if you have any questions at all, please contact me and I’ll point you in the right direction, whether that is with me or someone else.

Will I have to undress?

It is recommend that you bring stretchy clothing, such as a vest/sports bra and leggings or/shorts. It’s much easier to provide effective treatment if movement is easy to analyse and joints and soft tissues are easy to assess by palpation (hands-on methods). Jeans and clothes made of non-stretchy material can hinder progress so what you wear is important. Bare feet are helpful as with any issue I’ll assess the whole body, including feet.

Will my joints be ‘cracked’?

Osteopaths are trained in a variety of methods to address problems with muscles, ligaments, fascia, joints in all areas of the body. Joint manipulation, which can make a popping or cracking sound, may be a small part of this. It can be effective for short-term pain relief but there are other ways to get similar results, and it’s not a method I use as standard. To effectively treat a long-term issue other techniques are invariably needed to address whole body movement patterns as well as specific problem areas.

Is Osteopathy safe?

Osteopathy is statutorily regulated, so practitioners cannot call themselves an osteopath unless they have complete the 4-year training degree. When we first meet, I’ll take a detailed case history to understand what is appropriate for you according to your medical history, any medication, trauma or injuries you’ve sustained. I am trained to diagnose and identify ‘red flags’ which indicate if you need other investigations, or review by your GP or a different specialist. I’ll never do anything you’re uncomfortable with and will explain what we’re doing, every step of the way.

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If you would like more information about my services and how I may be able to help, or even if you would like to check to find out if Osteopathy is right for you, then please don’t hesitate to contact me. Fill in the form below and explain a little about your circumstances and I’ll contact you soon.

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