Osteopathy is a type of manual therapy that diagnoses and treats a wide range of conditions. An Osteopath emphasises the restoration of the structure and function of the human body by encouraging its innate ability to heal itself. They use various techniques on muscles, joints and viscera to help relieve tensions thus improving mobility. Therefore enhancing blood circulation and promoting health.
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Firstly they will seek to identify the cause of the presenting problem in order to reduce symptoms. They believe in the importance of re-establishing balance within the whole body to maintain equilibrium.
"There is no disease - only obstruction".
Are Osteopaths safe?
Osteopaths have completed a minimum of 4 years of full time masters degree study. Osteopaths are registered with our governing body (General Osteopathic Council) and are fully insured. Primary healthcare practitioners who are trained to know when it is best to treat or when to refer patients. They provide explanations to our patients and double checking you understand and will not do anything without your consent.
Do Osteopaths manipulate?
Yes Osteopaths can manipulate your joints but only with your consent after taking a full case history. Only if we feel the technique is appropriate for you, at the time with your presenting problem. We are not cracking your bones and not putting joints back into place. If you do hear a click or pop when an osteopath manipulates your joints this is the sound of gas leaving the joint capsule. It is a safe technique for the right person at the right time. There is a small chance you may feel sore or feel worse the following day after a treatment but then you should feel better. This will be discussed further within treatments. There are plenty of patients that we never manipulate but articulate the joints instead which is alternative technique and still produces good results.
When should I see an Osteopath?
Whether you have been living with chronic pain for years, or if you have experienced an injury more recently it would worthwhile seeing an Osteopath. We are highly skilled and can treat any musculoskeletal condition. Even if you are experiencing a lot of pain we can advise on how best to make your situation a little easier. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch.
How much does Osteopathy cost?
It depends on your presenting problem, your body's ability to heal and compliance to exercises and lifestyle advice. For a simple case of neck pain in a young healthy individual typically patients recover in 2-3 weeks of 1 treatment session per week (£150-£215). In complex cases of low back pain with sciatica with an individual who has a number of health conditions (diabetes etc) this will take longer maybe 7-13 weeks of 1 treatment per week. Osteopathy is covered with most private health insurance companies.
What to expect on your first appointment
During the first consultation a full case history will be conducted to get an understanding about you. Then your presenting problem/s and current health situation.
The Osteopath will then assess your posture, ask you to perform some active movements. After that assess your joint ranges of motion passively and maybe perform some other tests. Moreover you will be given a explanation of the as to what is happening. The Osteopath will then discuss your treatment options and agree with you on the type of treatment most suitable for your symptoms.