What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established, recognised medical discipline in the primary healthcare system.
Osteopaths are trained in therapeutic approaches that are suitable for a broad range of individuals, including pregnant woman, children and babies. Osteopathic care is delivered through a range of interventions which may include onward referral, health management advice, manual therapy, exercise therapy and others.
Osteopaths are trained to focus on overall body health and well being by treating imbalances and weakness of the musculoskeletal framework. Osteopaths work not only with the spine, but all areas of the body.
Osteopaths adapt their therapeutic approach depending on the individual needs of the patient and their presenting complaint. Manual therapy techniques employed may include articulation and manipulation of joints and soft tissues.
Osteopathy – A Recognised Therapy
Osteopaths are sometimes known as the ‘mechanics’ of the body because they work in a very physical – and almost mechanical way – by using their hands to identify and treat different types of dysfunction in the body.
Osteopathic treatment techniques may include stretching, soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation, and occasionally joint manipulation. Treatment plan and application of treatment is developed specifically for each person and presenting complaint.
In 1993, the Osteopaths Act gave Osteopath a legal status as doctors. All Osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council, which maintains the highest standards of education with a minimum of 5 years university training.
The First Consultation & Treatment
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.
The Osteopath will then want to observe your posture and movement and then carry out physical examination of which you will be asked to dress down to your underwear – please feel welcome to bring a pair of shorts with you.
More specific clinical tests may also be undertaken. After the examination, the osteopath will explain their findings to you and if appropriate a suitable course of treatment will be prescribed. Sometimes additional investigations may be required. These can include blood tests or urine test and perhaps x-rays or scans. It is usual that you will be referred back to your doctor at this stage.
Follow Up Treatments
Further treatments required are 30 minutes and are carried out strictly by appointment only. Same day appointments are subject to availability although we endeavour to see all patients at their best convenience.
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Initial Consultation & Treatment
- 45 – 60 minutes
Follow up Treatments
- 30 minutes