What To Expect
The Osteopath will first take a full medical history to make sure you are safe to treat. If there is any concern about the presence of a more serious underlying condition, the patient may be referred to their doctor for further investigations.
PLEASE NOTE - An examination follows which normally requires removing some clothing to allow for a proper assessment.
Don't Forget - treatment should not be a one way conversation. It should be a dialogue between osteopath and patient, and a dialogue where you the patient are in charge. If you find you don't like a particular kind of treatment (some people don't like the 'click' a high velocity thrust makes for instance) then tell your osteopath. There is always another way of treating a problem. If you don't like a particular form of treatment, you don't have it. It's that simple!
It is quite common for pain in one area to be due to a problem or dysfunction in another area. This may then require a more extensive examination, but will be explained at the time.
You will often be asked to perform a series of movements so that the mobility of your body can be evaluated and the Osteopath will also perform various passive movements to your joints as well as doing a neurological assessment.
Using all the information obtained, a diagnosis and treatment plan will be made. Treatment will be started on your first visit and will involve one or more of a variety of techniques including:
Soft tissue massage techniques
To ease muscle tension, stretch tight tissues and improve local circulation.
Passive joint movements
To ease stiff joints and increase their range of movement.
High velocity thrusts
A quick way to release a joint from unwanted restrictions, often accompanied by an audible but painless click.
An array of very gentle but effective techniques for treating a range of painful conditions. These techniques are particularly useful for treating patients who could not cope with stronger treatment such as babies, the frail elderly or osteoporosis sufferers.