Osteopathy is a manual therapy which aims to help the body restore normal function to the musculoskeletal system. Every patient we see is unique, and as such, each and every treatment plan is tailored to you.
Your initial consultation will take between 45 – 60 minutes. During this consultation we will take a detailed case history, exploring possible reasons for the problem you are suffering. Your osteopath will then discuss your medical history to try to ensure that there are no underlying medical issues that would make osteopathic treatment inappropriate. Where it was felt appropriate, but only with your consent, we would contact your GP for specific investigations such as blood tests or MRI scans to ensure that that you are not suffering from any undiagnosed medical conditions.
Once we have built up a picture of your problem we will assess you through careful postural observation, palpation (where the state of body issues are assessed through finely honed touch) and by asking you to perform a series of simple movements.
You will normally be asked to dress down to your underwear while you are being assessed and treated. Towels will be used to cover any areas that aren’t being worked on, however your comfort and modesty is paramount during treatment so please wear something that you feel comfortable in.
Once a diagnosis of your problem has been made, you will be treated with the appropriate osteopathic techniques to help reduce any localised pain, and a short term and long term treatment plan will be formulated. Depending on how you respond to treatment these plans may be revised accordingly.
Follow up treatments will normally take between 30 – 45 minutes. Your progress will be discussed and treatment will continue based on your treatment plan. Where appropriate, stretches and/or simple exercises may be prescribed for you to do at home to complement your clinic treatment.
For acute conditions, two to three treatments will normally be enough to provide relief. For issues that have been ongoing for a number of months or years, you may need more regular treatment over a longer period of time.