About me

Photograph of Philip Hills

 

I am Philip Hills (BOst, MaoMico, RHA), a Professional Osteomyologist and Reiki Master in Felixstowe and Suffolk.

I am a member of the Institute of Classical Osteopathy.

I have a natural approach to treating many of your body's aches and pains!

I am registered with the Association of Osteomyologists and I am a member of the Institute of Classical Osteopathy. I have lectured Osteopathy and Holistic Therapies in the U.K, Canada and Europe. I have many years of experience and over this time I have been able to successfully treat many people with many different health complaints and disorders.

Osteomyology is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical and physical conditions, for Adults, Children and Babies. It is based on integration through Body Adjustment, and this is why we see this as a form of art, as well as a science enhanced by a philosophy that helps us to understand the body, the way it works and compensates.

 All treatment is performed sensitively, respectfully and delicately and with the minimum intervention possible to assist the body in its own recovery.

Is your body in need of relief in Felixstowe or Surrounding Area. Why not see what an osteomyologist in Felixstowe or surrounding area can do for you?

My Services

I offer a well established approach to health care based on a unique method of hands on diagnosis and treatment. This natural treatment seeks to identify the courses of the problems rather than just treating the symptoms.

The use of Reiki can often help with recovery, used with the above treatment or as a stand alone treatment.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a gentle healing technique, which has become a popular and effective 'balancing' treatment. It is a traditional Japanese therapy influencing the same subtle energetic pathways which are also targeted in acupuncture, shiatsu, tai-chi and yoga.

What does it involve?

Reiki is predominantly a hands-on therapy which can be applied to almost any area of the body, and in almost any position. There is usually a sensation of gentle, soothing heat, or sometimes a cooler vibrational feeling.

What We Treat

Osteomyology is a system of assessing, diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems.

Osteomyologists are commonly known for treating back pain and postural problems including changes due to pregnancy, caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.

Listed below you can find the common joint and muscle conditions that osteomyology can treat.

Osteomyology patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people.

If you want to find out more, any registered osteomyologist will be happy to talk to you about your health and how you may benefit from osteopathic treatment.

Back pain

About back pain

Back pain affects up to 80% of us at some point in our lives. The NHS spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs but even more is lost through workplace absence caused by excessive aches and pains. Your spine is made of solid, bony blocks reinforced by strong ligaments and muscles. It is surprisingly difficult to damage the spine but if strained, the surrounding muscles and ligaments can cause discomfort and pain.

What to expect when you visit an osteomyologist

Back pain is not normally caused by anything serious, though it is natural to worry about symptoms and the cause. An osteomyologist will always complete a routine examination that checks for more serious diagnoses and will advise and discuss with you any further action that might be required.

After an initial examination, an osteomyologist will discuss treatment options and decide jointly with a patient, an appropriate and suitable treatment plan, and the likely associated costs. This plan may involve several visits and, very occasionally, further tests and/or referrals to another appropriate health care professional. Treatment usually begins at the first appointment.

Internal view of person with highlighted back pain

Osteomyologists are highly trained professionals skilled in diagnosing health issues, including those that may require further investigation. The first visit to an osteomyologist will include questions about current symptoms and medical history. All information will be treated as confidential in accordance with the standards of practice set out by the Association of Osteomyologists.

Getting older

Helping you keep healthy in later life

Everybody gets grey hair and wrinkles as they age, In the same way, it is normal for muscles, bones, joints and associated tissues to change. Ageing does not necessarily mean that we will experience increased pain or stiffness. However, if this does become a problem, people often find that treatment and advice from an osteomyologist can complement GP care and pharmaceutical products. If you do begin to notice problems, an osteomyologist can work with you to keep you healthier, allowing you to enjoy the pleasures of life into your later years. Silhouette of person growing up from baby to pensioner

How an Osteomyologist can help

You don’t have to put up with aches and pains simply because you are getting older. In fact, many people find it helpful to talk to an osteomyologist about ways of keeping active, preventing common problems such as falls, or managing conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatic pain and osteoporosis. Osteomyologist care is based on the individual needs of the patient and so varies depending on your age, fitness levels and diagnosis.

Children's requirements differ depending on the stage of their development. As they grow from infants, toddlers, children to teenagers, your Osteomyologist will consider your child’s individual needs, age and stage of development, and adapt their advice and treatment accordingly.

For children

Keeping your child healthy

Baby being held in arms

Parents visit osteomyologists for a range of reasons to support their child’s health. Children, like adults, can be affected by general joint and muscle issues, which is one of the reasons people visit an osteomyologist. Parents will also take their children to visit an osteomyologist for a variety of other health reasons that may benefit from care.

Osteomyologists can treat babies for colic, reflux, poor feeding and many more problems.

For sports people

Getting the best out of sport

Collection of various sports balls

Even if you are active regularly, you should also aim to minimize the amount of time you spend sitting for extended periods. Sport has become a way of life for many in the UK, with participants ranging from elite athletes to those who just want to keep fit. But what happens if you get an injury? Sport will always throw your pelvis out of alignment, this can lead to hamstring, foot, ankle, back, shoulder among a few.

A body adjustment is necessary to get you up and running again.

Headaches

There are several reasons for headaches. Most are not serious and once the cause is established headaches can often be helped by simple changes in lifestyle. One cause can be tension or strain in the muscles and joints of the neck and upper back.

Treatment from an osteomyologist will help, often your body has twists and turns which exhibit in the neck as well as other places in the body. A gentle adjustment will often help considerably.

Person clutching head with highlighted headache

Hip Pain

There are a number or reasons for hip pain some of which can be helped by visiting an osteomyologist.

Pain often can often come from a mis-allignigned pelvis. It can also come from a tight, strained or overused muscle in the hip or from the joint itself. Pain in the hip can sometimes be the result of an injury, it can be referred from the back or related to the way you move, stand and/or use your hip.

Pain from osteoarthritis or wear and tear in the hip joint is also common. Osteomyologists can’t cure the arthritis and it depends on the severity of the wear and tear but treatment and advice from an osteomyologist can often help ease the symptoms. Osteomyologists can look at the patient as a whole, assess the way the hip moves, adjust the pelviswhich improves the mobility of the joint and work on the secondary problems like backache.

X-rays, scans and other tests are sometimes required to make a diagnosis and your osteomyologist may refer to your GP or a specialist for any additional investigations or treatment.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is common in people of all ages and is often caused by how we use our necks.

Working all day bent over a computer, driving long distances, poor posture while standing or sitting, stress and tiredness are all factors that can cause the muscles in the neck and upper back to become tight and the joints to become stiff which can contribute to ongoing neck pain.

Sometimes a nerve in your neck can become irritated or “trapped” and cause pain in the arm going down into your shoulder or the hand, and may be accompanied by pins and needles and numbness.

Some headaches can be the result of tension or stiffness in the neck and upper back.

Internal view of body highlighting neck pain 

Osteoarthritis or age-related wear and tear in the neck can also cause muscular pain from the neck into the shoulder as well as some stiffness in moving the neck.

Neck pain is often a deeper symptom of your body being mis-aligned, a gentle adjustment will often sort out the problem.

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain is common and can be caused by a number of conditions. These conditions include:

Internal view of person with highlighted shoulder pain
  • Rotator cuff problem – pain in the shoulder or upper arm, particularly when lifting the arm, lying on it or using the sore muscles. It is often the result of repetitive overuse of the arm and shoulder during a sport or activity or the result of a shoulder injury. Age can also play a part.
  • Acromioclavicular joint pain – painful joint on the tip of the shoulder where the collarbone and shoulder blade join
  • Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis – is the painful and gradual stiffening of the shoulder capsule (the tissue that surrounds your shoulder joint) and the shoulder can often become so stiff and painful that it limits your ability to use your arm in everyday activities.
  • Referred shoulder pain – pain is experienced in an area away from the actual injury or problem e.g. pain in shoulder which is usually referred from the neck or upper back
  • Osteoarthritis – progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint leading to the two bones of the joint rubbing together causing pain. Patients who have had previous trauma or shoulder surgery are most likely to develop osteoarthritis in later life. Symptoms include swelling, stiffness, aching and sharp, stabbing pains.
  • Shoulder instability – dislocation or excessive movement of the shoulder joint.

How can an Osteomyologist help?

Shoulder problems are often complex and can take a long time to resolve. An osteomyologist will work with you to try and understand the cause of your shoulder problem.
Depending on your age, fitness and the diagnosis we may use a variety of rhythmical articulation and stretching techniques to try and improve the movement in your shoulder and reduce tension in any tight muscles. Also a referral for Chinese Acupuncture, which has been proved to be one of the best interventions for shoulder pain.

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