What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy may help to manage different systemic and musculoskeletal issues such as:
- Arthritic pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Migraine prevention
- Digestive problems
- Circulatory problems
- Other musculoskeletal conditions
Osteopathy is suitable for a broad range of individuals, including babies, children, pregnant women and the elderly.
Does it hurt?
Osteopathic techniques are very gentle. Sometimes it may feel a bit uncomfortable depending on how acute the symptoms are. The Osteopath will ensure constant communication to make the treatment is as comfortable as possible.
What to expect on your first visit?
- Full consultation - this involves a series of questions about your issue, your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking etc. This information will be recorded confidentially in your case notes.
- Physical examination - the Osteopath will then undertake a physical assessment. This may require you to remove items of your clothing. You may wear shorts/sports bra etc if you are more comfortable.
- The Osteopath will use his hands to assess the joints, tissues and ligaments, and may also ask you to perform certain body movements to observe your posture and mobility
- The treatment itself, depending on the case, may involve: joint manipulation, soft tissue release (muscles and fascia), articulation of joints.
- The Osteopath will also check for signs of serious conditions which osteopathy cannot treat and may refer you to your GP or a hospital.
- A follow up appointment or appointments may be necessary.