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Typically osteopathic treatment uses a range of manual techniques that may include everything from soft tissue massage to joint manipulation and cranial osteopathy. Treatment is directed specifically to each individual patient, their presenting symptoms and any underlying health considerations.
Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and clinical reasoning skills. They undertake a physical examination using a highly developed sense of touch and palpation. Our osteopaths provide a system of care that includes skilled mobilising and manipulative techniques. These can consist of a series of gentle, rhythmical movements of the arms, legs, and the spine, combined with gentle stretching of muscles and adjustments of the joints and ligaments.
A typical first appointment will last 30 to 45 minutes, although we do ask new patients to arrive a few minutes early to read through our information sheet and to sign a simple form.
Usually on first consultation the osteopath will take a detailed case history followed by an examination of the patient. The patient may be asked to undress down to their underwear in order for the practitioner to note postural disturbances & strain patterns. This may be followed by assessment of ranges of movement of particular joints in order to diagnose a condition. Treatment will usually commence during the first appointment session if the osteopath feels that this is appropriate.
After formulating a diagnosis the osteopath usually discusses their findings with the patient before commencing any treatment. The osteopath will also give the patient a prognosis of their condition, including the anticipated number of treatments that are likely to be required. After treatment you may be advised on posture, diet, excercise or other natural means of helping you with your condition. Advice and exercises will be offered when appropriate.
Please bring details of any medication that you are taking, as well as any relevant test, scan or x-ray results. You may, of course, bring a vest top and a pair of shorts to put on if you feel that this would help you feel more at ease during the examination. You may also ask a friend or relative to join you if you wish to be accompanied throughout your treatment.
What is Osteopathy?
What can Osteopathy treat?
Is Osteopathy safe?
Yes, Osteopathy is regarded as being very safe. Osteopathy has one of the best safety records of any medically related profession. Osteopaths are trained to recognise a wide range of conditions and when not appropriate to treat with osteopathy, a referral to another medical professional can be made if required. We are registered and regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and are governed by the Osteopaths Act (1993) which provides regulation in a similar manner to those in place for doctors and dentists.
On a first consultation the Osteopath will take a case history that will include questions about general patient health, medical history and present complaint. This is to ensure that your complaint is suitable for osteopathic treatment and this can be undertaken safely.
What form does the treatment take?
Does Osteopathy hurt?
Are there any side effects?
How long do appointments last?
How much does it cost?
Please visit our Fees Page for a list of current rates.
N.B. Unlike some practices we do not charge more for the initial consultation, and we do not ask patients to book and pay for a course of treatment in advance.
Should I bring anything?
What happens when I first see the Osteopath?
How long does the first consultation take?
Can I bring someone with me?
How many treatment sessions will I need?
This depends on many factors including your specific condition, general health, age, diet, lifestyle and complying to exercises and stretches. Most patients feel benefit from the first couple of visits, and subsequent treatments are used to tackle the root cause and prevent re-occurrence. The treatments may then gradually be spaced out to provide long lasting relief.
Unlike some professions, Osteopaths will examine your condition before and after every treatment, and will then discuss when to book in again. There will be no pressure to ‘bulk buy’ treatments, and your prognosis will be discussed after every treatment.