What to expect at your osteopathy appointment…
Where does it hurt?
Your story, and your general health.
In the first session, we spend time talking everything through so that we can clarify the cause of your problem and what factors in your life are relevant to it. The aim is to get a diagnosis and find a treatment approach which will work best for you.
Assessment of your posture, your spine and joints.
The osteopath observes your usual standing posture and simple movements of the spine. Specific joints are examined in more detail to assess how well they move. Other tests, eg reflexes, may be used. Your consent and comfort are respected at all times.
Treatment plan, for now and the future
Osteopaths use gentle hands-on techniques to improve movement and circulation in the affected areas of the body. The treatment is tailored to you individually. Most people have a few sessions, once a week at first, then continuing as necessary until recovery.
Advice on self-care, lifestyle and exercise
We monitor your progress as we go along and adapt as necessary. Advice about exercise and lifestyle are an important part of this recovery process too. For people with chronic or recurring problems, we can agree on a maintenance plan to suit you.
What can osteopathy treat?
We help reduce pain and improve movement, and we help you to help yourself.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and hands-on treatment for musculoskeletal conditions. There is research supporting the effectiveness of Osteopathic treatment in a range of named diagnoses, and we use the same approach and skills to help in every case, whether it’s a straightforward episode of low back pain or a more complex or unusual condition.
We work on the structure of the body, based on the principle that healthy well-being depends on the whole musculo-skeletal system functioning smoothly. That includes the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves everywhere in the body. It’s not just about treating your symptoms or treating the painful area, we work to identify the underlying cause and to help you to recover your full pain-free mobility.
Osteopaths are known to be ‘back pain specialists’ and it is true that back pain is a very frequent complaint but we treat aches and pains everywhere in the body using the same skills and techniques as we apply to back pain.
It’s also very important to help you learn some self-care strategies, to find out what factors in your life are contributing to your problem and to show you how to look after yourself in the future. Your treatment plan always includes advice on lifestyle, posture, work activities, exercise and healthy living.
If you are still not sure, just contact us and let us answer your questions.
Research has shown that osteopathy can effectively treat pain in the following conditions:
- Back pain including acute or chronic backache
- Neck pain
- Headache arising from the neck
- Migraine prevention
- Shoulder problems including frozen shoulder
- Elbow pain and tennis elbow
- Joint pains including hip or knee pain
- General aches and pains
- Arthritic pain and Osteoarthritis
- Rheumatic pain
- Muscle spasms or cramps
- Trapped nerves
- Problems with circulation
- Tension and inability to relax
- Digestive issues
- Minor injuries such as repetitive strain or sports injuries
All osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council, which regulates the profession and protects patients.
Osteopaths are highly skilled practitioners with sound clinical experience, committed to lifelong learning.
Osteopathy treats each person as an individual and recognises the effect of all aspects of that person’s life on their state of health.
NHS England recognises Osteopathy as an Allied Health Profession.