Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a private primary healthcare that is regulated by law. Osteopaths are guided by standards of practice developed by the General Osteopathic Council. Most people that attend an osteopathic treatment do so for musculoskeletal complaints. However, osteopaths treat a wide range of injuries and complaints. There are many specialities in osteopathy, with one osteopath treating differently to the next. The profession is growing, with major health insurances providing cover. Many choose osteopathy for its diversity and holistic approach, with many techniques considered non-invasive and safe.

What to expect when you visit an osteopath?
 
At your first appointment your osteopath will spend time talking to you to understand your presenting complaint while asking questions about your general health, medical history and lifestyle. This is followed by a physical examination with your consent. A physical examination consists of your practitioner observing your body through movement and when relaxed, the practitioner will also touch & palpate areas of your body where you are experiencing pain. It may be necessary to remove some clothing to enable your osteopath to examine you properly. If you feel uncomfortable dressing down to your underwear, it will be suggested that you wear clothing that is comfortable, but allows your osteopath to work effectively such as shorts, t-shirt or sports bra.
 
Your osteopath will discuss their diagnosis and treatment plan with you, it is important to keep well hydrated before and after the treatment. You may feel treatment soreness for 24-48 hours post treatment, if there are any symptoms that you are not sure about please contact your osteopath.
Who may benefit?
Osteopathy can help with a range of complaints (stated below and more!). Therefore it is suitable for women and men of all ages including children. Each treatment is individualised, however, discuss any health issues with your osteopath during the initial consultation as it may be necessary to avoid certain techniques.
What can osteopathy help with?
  • Back and pelvic pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Muscle/joint pain
  • Stress management
  • Postural issues inculding desk work problems
  • Headaches
  • Sports and repetitive strain injuries
  • Restricted movement
  • Trapped nerve, pulled muscle, slipped discs
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not just the symptoms or condition"

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