Your first visit:
Your first visit:
When visiting an osteopath you will be asked about the history of your current complaint, your past medical history, your family history and your current lifestyle, hobbies, sports, occupation, etc. Some of these questions may initially appear irrelevant but they are vital in providing a full picture of all the factors which may be causing your symptoms.
Following this the osteopath will usually perform a physical examination (which may require you to undress to your underwear or suitable shorts or leggings) where your posture, mobility and muskuloskeletal function will be evaluated.In addition, a number of further special tests relevant to your condition may be conducted.
Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly developed sense of touch, known as palpation, to determine conditions and identify the bodys' points of weakness or excessive strain. Once the examination is complete the osteopath with either be able to reach a diagnosis, or in a small number of cases, refer you for further investigation or tests. The diagnosis will be explained to you prior to treatment.
The osteopath will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectivley. If the osteopath thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment you will be advised about how to seek further care. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a G.P.
Osteopathic treatment varies for every patient, the treatment which is appropriate for a healthy 20 year old may not be the same as that which is indicated for a healthy 80 year old.
Treatment usually consists of soft tissue massage, mobilization or traction of joints and manipulation. Osteopathic manipulation is a small precise movement applied to a joint. This often causes a 'click' or popping sound as the joint surfaces are separated slightly. This response allows for a reduction of local muscle spasm and an increase in the range of movement within the joint. It also results in improvement in circulation and drainage of the surrounding area.
Patients are encouraged to ask questions about their problem or treatment as this helps them understand the condition they have, and in turn can speed up their recovery. At any time pateints can withdraw their consent to treatment.