Osteopathy is a hands-on approach to healthcare recognising the important link between the structures of your body & the way it functions. An osteopath uses anatomical and physiological knowledge, along with skilled clinical evaluation to assess and diagnose. They look at the whole body for causes of injury, as well as barriers to recovery.
Osteopaths use a wide range of techniques to improve the relationship between joints, muscles, nerves and circulation to restore full function to the body.
Treatments used by Osteopaths include stretching and mobilisation along with manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, connective tissue and organs.
Osteopaths are primary contact health practitioners who are trained to recognise conditions that may require medical referral. If such a case occurs they will advise you accordingly.
As a patient you can expect your Osteopath to:
Treat you with consideration and dignity.
Explain your diagnosis and treatment plan.
Seek permission to start treatment.
Maintain respect and discretion while protecting your confidential information at all times.
Provide you with a patient centred treatment plan.
Osteopathy involves gentle manual techniques to reduce pain and increase mobility.
What to Expect During Treatment
A first appointment typically lasts longer than subsequent appointments. Your Osteopath will;
Listen and ask questions about your presenting condition, your general health and other medical care you are receiving.
Perform an appropriate physical examination. Osteopathy is a form of hands-on healthcare which requires the Osteopath to perform physical examination and treatment. Your Osteopath will advise on suitable clothing to wear during your treatment. On occasion you may be required to remove some items of clothing.
Ask you to make simple movements and stretches to observe your posture and mobility to identify if pain or stiffness you are experiencing in one area may be linked to an issue elsewhere. Your osteopath will examine how your joints and tissues function using a highly developed sense of touch.
Check for signs of other conditions they cannot treat and advise you to see your GP or other appropriate healthcare professional.
Explain their findings and agree a patient centred treatment plan with you. This plan will include the number of expected treatments, likely effects of treatment and any potential risks or reactions you could expect.
Your osteopath may also recommend individual exercises and self-help measures to assist your recovery.
Ask any questions at any time if you are unsure or if you have any concerns.