Osteopaths spend four to five years training to understand the relationship between the body’s organs, joints and muscles and are experienced in treating disorders of the musculoskeletal structures throughout the whole body. Osteopathy is person centred, striving to provide optimum conditions for health by working with your body’s own innate healing mechanisms to achieve results. Osteopaths treat people of all ages, including pregnant women and athletes.
A First visit will comprise of an assessment where you can discuss your symptoms and concerns followed by a routine examination and suggested treatment options. There will be time to listen to any other health-related concerns such as diet, general health, and lifestyle which all contribute to being able to formulate a bespoke treatment plan. Sometimes you may be asked to seek further tests such as x-rays, scans or blood tests and you may need to consult with your GP which we can assist you with if needed.
Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle hands on techniques. Treatment will vary depending on age, fitness and diagnosis but often focuses on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. Before you receive treatment your Osteopath and you, will agree on an appropriate and suitable treatment plan.
Your treatment plan may include mobilisation, soft tissue work, dry needling, taping or stretching. Occasionally Osteopaths will also use a technique that results in an audible ‘click’, this is perfectly normal and research evidence shows that these manipulations can have beneficial effects helping you to return to normal activity.
“Osteopathy is a philosophy of healthcare that acknowledges that the living body is a self-renewing, self-regenerating, self-recuperating system which maintains health constantly throughout life. Whenever that health-maintaining system is compromised, symptoms or disease could develop. Osteopathy is concerned with that which has compromised health rather than the resulting condition.
“Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993. They are trained to diagnose conventionally and also to use their hands to assess body function and dysfunction. This gives the osteopath uniquely sensitive information about the disability within the body and how this insight might be used to help restore health.
“Although people commonly describe their symptoms in terms of conventional medical conditions, osteopaths do not primarily treat medical conditions; they are more concerned with the cascade of events which could have contributed to the development of those medical conditions.“
- Osteopathic Alliance