Osteopathy believes in the body’s own ability to heal so in general does not like to prescribe drugs into the treatment process. Vitamins and supplements may be prescribed if deemed necessary.
This varies from case to case and can often depend on severity of the problem or the length of time that the problem has been present. However simple ailments should often settle in 1-3 treatments and chronic problems may take up to 10 treatments.
The purpose of the treatment is not to hurt. In general the treatment is very relaxing, techniques are used to realign the structures back into position. However if the area is inflamed, gentle touch may cause slight discomfort, but relay this to your practitioner and another technique can be applied.
As Osteopathy is very gentle and can adapt different treatment styles according to a patients’ need, anybody from babies to the elderly can benefit from osteopathic treatment.
Osteopaths are Primary care practitioners therefore are qualified to make their own diagnosis. Your Osteopath will refer you to a General Practitioner for further investigations if deemed necessary.
In order to answer this question, it is useful to refer to the definitions and general information published by the professional bodies for each of these three therapies in turn: Osteopathy Osteopathy is a primary healthcare profession, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders, and their effects on the patient's [...]