Osteopathy is an established and recognised system of manual medicine that diagnoses and treats problems arising within the musculoskeletal system. This includes assessing and treating faults in joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves anywhere in the body – not just in the back! Osteopaths are trained to identify and treat the underlying cause/s of the presenting complaint, not to just treat the symptoms, therefore in addition, help to prevent future reoccurrences of the problem.
During your first visit a detailed case history will be taken. This will involve a discussion regarding your current symptoms as well as questions concerning your general health and previous medical history. This will allow us to build up a full picture of what is contributing to the current symptoms.
An examination will then be carried out consisting of an observation of some simple movements and a hands-on assessment of the muscles and joints of the body. Areas of strain and poor function will be identified and a diagnosis and proposed treatment plan will be discussed fully with you.
Treatment is tailored to the needs of the individual and will involve a range of hands-on techniques including massage of soft tissues, joint articulation and manipulation techniques. With the latter a pop or click may be heard as the joint is released. In addition your Osteopath may use adjunctive treatments such as Dry needling (modern acupuncture), Myofascial taping or Ultrasound, which will be included in the normal treatment fee, as well as advice regarding posture and diet where appropriate. Due to the way the body compensates and adapts, treatment is often required to areas of the body other than those giving symptoms.