What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a primary health care system that focuses on diagnosing, treating and preventing musculoskeletal injuries and related disorders.
Osteopaths consider each person as an individual and treatment varies for every patient. They believe that the human body works optimally when the whole body is properly aligned and is structurally balanced and therefore apply a holistic approach to their treatment and management plans.
Osteopathy does not focus only on treating the presenting symptoms. It also addresses other parts of your body that may be contributing to the symptoms. Utilising gentle techniques, osteopaths work with your body to create the optimal conditions to encourage the body’s natural healing process.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
This will consist of a one to one consultation, which will take approximately 60 mins. Here we will discuss the history of your condition or the cause of your injury. We will ask you questions about your medical history, previous injuries and daily activities to gain a thorough understanding of what are the contributing and maintaining factors. This will assist us in developing an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.
You will then be taken through some gentle movements to identify what may have triggered your symptoms and to assess how your body moves.
After this examination, we will discuss my diagnosis and treatment plan with you and, if appropriate, we will proceed with the treatment plan.
You are more than welcome to have a friend or a relative attend with you to act as a chaperone during your examination and treatment if this makes you feel more comfortable. Under no circumstances will any treatment be carried out without your informed consent.
Treatment varies for every patient. Techniques such as joint articulation, mobilisation, soft tissue massage and stretching are typically used to improve joint movement and help relieve pain. We may offer advice and exercises on posture and conducting daily activities to help you to manage your symptoms at home, reducing the chance of your symptoms returning.
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What shall I wear for the examination?
We may ask you to undress to your underwear for the examination. If you wish you can wear shorts and a top or a swimsuit.
Do I have to be referred?
No. Osteopaths are primary care practitioners. This means we are fully certified to treat you without you previously going to see your GP.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you may require depends on your individual condition/injury and this will be discussed at your initial assessment. Our philosophy is to keep the number of appointments to a minimum.
For further information please refer to the General Osteopathic Council Website