Osteopathy is an established and recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. If the body is working at its most “efficient” then, within reason, the body has the best potential to heal and maintain itself naturally.
Osteopaths have a detailed knowledge and understanding of human anatomy, physiology and pathology. While employing many of the procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis, osteopathy looks at wider factors affecting a person’s health. For example; posture, nutrition, occupation and various stresses and strains, whether physiological or psychological that a patient may be under.
On your first consultation a detailed history will be taken. This will include general health screening questions as a means of excluding more serious causes for your current symptoms and where appropriate allow correct referral.
If you have any relevant material e.g. previous diagnosis/test results, X-rays, M.R.I. scans or current medication, then it would be helpful to bring copies.
A full structural examination will be conducted, including where appropriate various clinical/neurological tests e.g. blood pressure & reflexes. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing (often down to underwear).
Once an assessment has been made an explanation for your symptoms will be given along with treatment options. Treatment is patient specific but may include muscle stretching, deep tissue massage, rhythmic joint movements (articulation), joint manipulation which may result in the joint “clicking”.
After treatment, advice will be given to support the healing process such as rest, rehabilitation exercises, preventative exercises and correct posture.
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