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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is the system of diagnosis and treatment which lays its main emphasis on the structural and mechanical problems of the body. Osteopathy is a manual therapy. It can consist of massage, articulation (gentle movement of the joints) or local manipulation. The Osteopath’s training and experience will help him or her select the most appropriate treatment for you, and it is rarely painful.

What do Osteopaths treat?

It is a commonly held belief that Osteopaths only treat bad backs. It is certainly true that Osteopaths have great success in treating back pain, but the story does not end there. We also treat problems associated with all the joints of the body such as the neck, shoulders, hips, knees, feet and wrists. Often, problems in these joints can lead to problems elsewhere such as headaches, sciatica and “pins and needles”. Osteopaths are trained to view the body as a whole and treat the patient accordingly.

What happens when I visit an Osteopath?

Your first consultation, lasting up to one hour, will consist of the Osteopath taking a detailed general medical case history, discussing your current problem and raising any other relevant issues. You will then be asked to undress down to your underwear (if appropriate) so that the Osteopath can examine the area in question and relate any possible dysfunction to the rest of your body. The opportunity will then usually be taken to undertake a thorough circulatory and neurological examination. The remainder of this first session will be taken up with treatment if the Osteopath, after making his diagnosis, deems it appropriate. On occasions the patient may be referred to other specialists or to their GP for further tests. Subsequent visits to the Osteopath will be of up to 30 minutes duration and will include a brief update of  progress followed by further treatment.

Do I need a Referral?

Although many of my patients are referred to me by their GP, you do not need to see him or her first. As a courtesy I often write back to your GP so that he or she is kept abreast of progress.

What should I wear?

As mentioned earlier, a full Osteopathic diagnosis usually relies on viewing the body as a whole. It is therefore appropriate for all patients to be prepared to undress down to their underwear, although this is not necessary for all examinations. You are welcome to bring a partner or chaperon(e) with you if you wish.

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