What does an Osteopathic Treatment involve?
An initial Consultation will continue from 45 minutes to one hour. During this time a medical history will be taken outlining the specifics of your pain and any general medical information. An examination is then performed in which orthopaedic and joint mobility tests shall be completed. the patient may be required to remove superficial clothing for their examination and treatment. Coverage will be provided for modesty. this initial consultation is the best time in which to bring any previous X-rays or scans.
Each treatment is catered specifically to the patient and the presenting condition. Osteopathy treatments may involve one or many of the below techniques. During your treatment your Osteopath will explain the use of each technique so you are aware of their requirement. No technique will be performed without consent.
- Soft tissue Massage
- Trigger point therapy
- Joint Articulation
- Joint manipulation
- Muscle stretching
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
POST TREATMENT CARE
Following post treatment care and advice is imperative in enabling further improvement of your condition whilst at home. It is also important in preventing re-injury in the future. Your Osteopath may recommend stretches, nutritional, ergonomic, postural and lifestyle advice.
We generally advise abstaining from excessive exercise or activity for 24 hours post treatment to enable the body to settle and adapt to the changes we have encouraged.
FREQUENCY OF TREATMENT
Osteopaths endeavour to find and treat the cause of pain and discomfort rather than just the symptoms. In doing this, an osteopathic treatment aims to encourage changes throughout the body that will either eliminate pain or enable pain to be keep at a manageable level. We place emphasis on the above post treatment care advice to maximise on home maintenance rather than repetitive treatments.
The majority of conditions we treat, not surprisingly, are due to bad habits. If we can identify these, treat the problem area and enable you to recognise potential flareups then treatment requirements are significantly reduced.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL?
You do not need a referral from your local Doctor to see an Osteopath.