Osteopathy is an established, recognized system of diagnosis and treatments of health problems that lays its main emphasis on the structure of the body. It can help relieve the body’s structural, mechanical and functional problems in people of all ages. This can provide relief to patients from different types of pain and a variety of conditions including:
- Muscle spasms
- Sports injuries
- Arthritic pain
- Back pain
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Frozen shoulder
- Pregnancy and symptoms related to this e.g. backache, pubic pain, nausea and heartburn
Why use Osteopathy?
The unique way your health is assessed. An osteopath is trained to use their hands to investigate your health problems or pain. Specific, manual methods of treatment are applied to each patient according to their individual needs. They treat their patients using a variety of manual techniques, including; muscle and connective tissue stretching, rhythmic joint movements, high velocity thrusts, gentle release techniques.
Your first appointment will last approximately 30 minutes. Before this we will take your medical history. You will be asked about your symptoms and factors that affect them, detailed questions about your general health, any accidents or trauma and your past medical history including illnesses and operations.
It is important that the Osteopath can examine the area of complaint properly and therefore you may be asked to remove some items of clothing. A full assessment will be carried out asking you to do some simple movements, some orthopaedic and special tests and a manual examination of your musculo-skeletal system.
Once a diagnosis has been made, you will then be treated if it is appropriate to do so. Treatment options, expected time frames of recovery and your expectation of recovery will be discussed with you. Most patients are seen an average of 3-4 times. For some patients maintenance treatment is recommended so seeing the osteopath at set intervals for preventative care. This is usually every 3-6 months but varies depending on the patient.
What should I bring?
Please bring any relevant X-ray, ultrasound and / or MRI reports and medical history including
details of any medications.
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