Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
Osteopathy looks at the body as a whole. It enables a treatment and analysis of the body working as a unit, contrary to other medical practices, which have more of a reductionist point of view. When seeing an osteopath, he will not only treat the area of the presenting problem but seek to find the source of the problem to resolve it and stop the injury reoccurring. The practice of osteopathy doesn’t simply aim in resolving acute injuries and condition. After an injury, an osteopath will wish to find out about his patient’s lifestyle and routine, to educate him in developing a healthier, painless life, preventing another injury.
• Taking medical histories
• Performing examinations
• Diagnosing illness
• Manual therapy, osteopathic techniques
• Giving home exercises
• Developing long-term management plans.
Osteopaths treat a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Neck pain and Headaches
· Back Pain and Sciatica
· Disc Injuries
· Shoulder Pain
· Sporting Injuries
· Muscular Tension
· Management of arthritis and Rheumatologic conditions
· Postural problems
· Back Pain
· Digestive Complaints
· RSI / OOS
· Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
· Co-ordination Problems
· Paediatric & Adolescent conditions
I’ve never seen an osteopath before, so what should I expect?
1st consultation: Full evaluation + Treatment (45 min – 1 hr)
The practitioner will ask you a detailed medical history, asking you lots of questions, after which the osteopath will be able to offer a diagnosis and discuss a treatment program. You may be asked to perform some movements, and the practitioner may move different parts of your body to see how they are functioning, or do additional orthopaedic / neurological tests. The practitioner will then give you an approximation of the number of treatments you will need and the goals to achieve together. The treatment of a patient is determined according to their progression therefore the number of consultations can vary from patient to patient.
Follow-up consultation: Treatment (30 min)
Follow-up consults will concentrate primarily on treatment. The practitioner will re-evaluate your condition and progression until healed. Osteopaths use physical manipulation (HVT techniques), a variety of stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues. Your osteopath will work with you to find out what is best for you personally and will not perform any techniques you are not comfortable with. It is common for an osteopath to give you stretches and exercises to do, as well as advice on nutrition, posture, breathing, sports and any other physically significant aspects of your life that will enable you to manage your condition or simply stay in good health.