What is Osteopathy

Osteopathy treatment involves helping the body’s own healing abilities.  This ensures that the structure and functions of the body are working at their optimum. Improving the quality and range of movement of the skeleton, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, this will affect bodily functions. These include the blood and nerve supplies to body tissues.  This helps to reduce pain and balance the overall health and well-being of the body.

What to Expect on Your First Osteopathy Visit?

Initial treatment takes around 1 hour and includes the taking of a case history and a detailed life medical. In addition, we request information about your past and current lifestyle, work life, and diet.

The Osteopath will explain everything that happens clearly.  You should feel very much at ease. So please feel free to ask any questions.

The signing of our consent form will allow the examination and treatment to proceed.

What Does Treatment Involve?

Osteopathy treatment involves assessment and examination. This means not just the site of pain or area of discomfort but also the surrounding and related body areas.

Undressing to your underwear will allow the treatment to begin.  A request to perform a series of simple movements will aid the osteopath’s assessment.

Palpation (touch) or using hands is used as the key tool to assess the texture of the skin, joint or painful areas for any tenderness, swelling, weakness, change in muscle tone or joint restrictions.  Treatment requires a safe diagnosis to start.  An explanation of any appropriate Osteopathic treatment will be provided and started.

Advice on whether you should visit your GP will be provided for further investigations. (X-Rays and blood tests) or see an alternative therapist before the osteopathic treatment can proceed.

Type of Osteopathy Treatment Techniques

What is OsteopathyUsually, treatment starts with the release and relaxation of your muscles. The stretching of stiff joints to help ease the pain and reduce swelling.  Movement improves and muscle tension reduces using a gentle massage and rhythmic joint movements.

Moreover, depending on the diagnosis, the treatment may also involve manipulation.  This means the use of short and very quick movements of spinal joints.  All physical techniques used will require your consent prior to treatment start.

Also, Osteopathic techniques focus on the individual. This ensures the treatment is safe and comfortable. Soreness following treatment is possible.  Advice will be provided on how to handle this.

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