What to Expect
During your osteopathic consultation a detailed case history will be taken. A thorough examination is necessary before a diagnosis can be made. The overall condition is skilfully assessed by touch (palpation) and movement to assess areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction, or strain within your body. Other tests may also be performed if necessary. However, time is always taken to explain findings and answer questions that you may have.
What to Wear
To be examined and treated properly you will be asked to undress to your underwear, so the osteopath can observe how the spine moves and how it relates to the rest of the body. Some may feel more comfortable in a bikini or soft fabric shorts.
Once a diagnosis has been made and discussed with you and if osteopathic treatment is suitable it will be offered. Occasionally, additional investigations may be required (via your GP) before a suitable osteopathic treatment can be given.
Treatment & Advice
The treatment will consist of a wide variety of manual therapy techniques individually tailored to each patient. These may involve soft tissue techniques, cranial osteopathy, as well as gentle manipulation and mobilisation to correct joint and tissue imbalances, using the body’s ability to heal itself and allowing the restoration of balance and harmony within the body.
Advice may also be provided on recommended stretches, exercises, posture as well as lifestyle to maximise the treatment and to facilitate optimum long-term health.
The number of treatments required will depend on the diagnosis and may vary from a single session to a course of treatments. The initial consultation will be 45 to 60 minutes; ongoing treatment will be 30 minutes. Many patients decide that they would like to have periodic preventative treatments to avoid recurring problems.
The treatment itself should not be painful. You may feel some slight discomfort as the problem areas are stretched/mobilised, but this is usually described as a ‘good hurt’. After treatment some patients feel tired and/or relaxed; others may feel invigorated. The following day you may feel stiff, much like the feeling you get after exercise. However if you have any concerns, please call to discuss them.