Osteopathy is a gentle and effective hands-on approach to healthcare which places emphasis on the musculoskeletal system. It is based on the principle that the way your body moves influences how it functions. Osteopaths are highly competent healthcare professionals, recognised by the NHS as fully qualified to diagnose and treat independently. They are skilled in assessing the mechanics of the whole body, in particular the spine.
Over 30,000 people every day visit an osteopath suffering from a variety of conditions including neck or back pain, joint or muscular pain, sports injuries, recurring headaches and more. Many patients are pregnant mothers, unsettled children, or those with work strain, or pain and stiffness related to advancing years.
As you don’t need a referral from your doctor to see an osteopath, you will typically be able to see an osteopath quickly, without the long waiting times that often occur with other treatment options.
Whatever your age and no matter what challenges you may have with your health, there is probably something an osteopath can do to help.
What to expect
Your appointment will last approximately half an hour.
Case history: Your osteopath will take a detailed case history about your current complaint, past medical history and other health issues.
Examination: In order to come to an accurate working diagnosis you may be required to dress down enabling the osteopath to see the troublesome area. You may be asked to perform a few very simple movements whilst standing and sitting. If needed the osteopath might perform other tests such as reflexes, muscle strengths and blood pressure. The rest of the examination is usually performed with you lying on the treatment couch.
Treatment: Each treatment is tailored to the individual taking all the findings from the above into account. Treatment techniques vary from musculo-skeletal manipulation to visceral inhibition and cranial release.