What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a primary care profession, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, and the effects of these conditions on patients’ general health.

Using many of the diagnostic procedures applied in conventional medical assessment, osteopaths seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.

What can I expect when I see an Osteopath? First treatment

The Initial assessment includes a comprehensive case history, and with your consent a relevant examination.

It is likely the osteopath will ask you to remove some of your clothing. Tell your osteopath if you are uncomfortable about this. 

You should expect privacy to undress, and a gown or towel may be provided. You can ask a friend or relative to accompany you during
your treatment.

If your Osteopath feels your condition may benefit from Osteopathic intervention, hands on treatment may include:
• Massage – to release and relax muscles
• Stretching stiff joints and muscles.
• Articulation – where your joints are moved through their natural range of motion
• Mobilisation – where a joint is taken to its restricted end range and assisted to increase its active range.
• High-velocity thrusts – high velocity low amplitude trust to joints to increase mobility/ range of motion.

A strong emphasis is placed on self help and education, this may include the use of pictures and models and a printed home exercise plan and information on self help to take home.

Osteopathic Spine Mobilisation Southampton

The first consultation will take about 45 -60 minutes.

Before any treatment can begin, the osteopath will want to discuss details about your general health, previous illnesses, your lifestyle and family medical history. This all helps to form a diagnosis. Depending on how long the initial consultation takes, may be dependent on whether you receive treatment that day or not.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Osteopathy specialises in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders.

• Your osteopath will give you a clear explanation of what they found (their diagnosis), and discuss a treatment plan that is suitable for you, which may include lifestyle changes. They will explain the benefits and any risks of the treatment they are recommending.

• It is important to understand and agree what the treatment can achieve, and the likely number of sessions needed for a noticeable improvement in your well being.

• Treatment is hands-on and involves skilled manipulation of the spine and joints, and massage of soft tissues. Your osteopath will explain what they are doing and will always ask your permission to treat you (known as consent). Ask questions at any time, if you are unsure of what you have been told or if you have any concerns.

• Self-help measures and advice on exercise may be offered to assist your recovery, and prevent recurrence or worsening of symptoms.

Ongoing care

Due to the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore or stiff in the first 24–48 hours after treatment. Your osteopath will
explain any likely reactions that you could expect. If you have any concerns, it is important to contact the osteopath and ask their advice.

It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. The osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan.

Osteopathy Helps With:

Back & Neck Pain

Sciatica & Arthritis

Headaches & Jaw Pain, particularly temporomandibular (TMJ) pain

Postural &/Or Mobility Problems with Shoulders. Knees, Ankles, Tendons, & Muscle Strains

Work Related & Repetitive Strain Injuries

Joint Pain & Sports Injuries

Keeping your GP informed

Most patients refer themselves directly to an osteopath. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, you are encouraged to keep your GP fully informed, so that your medical records are up to date.

This will ensure you receive the best possible care from both health professionals. With your permission, your osteopath may send a report to your GP, with details of your condition and treatment. You can also request a letter for your employer, if this is helpful.

Bookings and Payments

  • Book via my online booking system, It is really easy! Convenient, saving you time.
  • If you need to cancel a booking, a 24 hour cancellation period is required.
  • If you do not show up to the appointment you will be sent an invoice to cover loss of fees to the clinic and member of staff waiting for you. If you arrive late for your appointment, the full amount will still be charged, and your session will end at the allotted time.
  • There will be no refund on any treatment provided, or for missed appointments.


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