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.