What kinds of problems can osteopathy help?
Osteopathy is helpful in overcoming stiffness and loco motor disabilities, problems with walking, climbing stairs, dressing and getting up from beds and chairs. Most of all it is effective in alleviating acute and chronic pain.
Osteopathic treatment can be used to help a wide variety of injuries and conditions (see Who can it help?)
What does treatment involve?
Treatment can consist of conventional osteopathic techniques of manipulation, articulation and soft tissue massage, occasionally supplemented with ultrasound therapy or cranial sacral therapy.
Ultrasound therapy is a gentle from of treatment involving minimal manipulation and using high frequency sound waves to promote healing and reduce inflammation. This form of therapy has been successfully used for several years for the treatment of sports and similar injuries.
Cranio-sacral therapy is a very gentle non-invasive form of treatment that can penetrate the deepest level of the bodyís system and is used to alleviate a wide variety of functional disorders such as digestive, menstrual and neurological problems. In addition, it is very valuable in treating subtle effects of head injuries such as whiplash. This approach has a very special role in the treatment of birth trauma in babies.
Regular Check Ups and Advice
From time to time it is advisable to undertake "maintenance" visits. This enables the osteopath to ensure the previous problem is contained. Patients will be given advice concerning their complaints in the hope that recurrence of the condition can be significantly reduced or eliminated.
What happens on your first visit?
This is similar to that with any Registered Medical Practitioner. The osteopath will want to know how the symptoms began and factors that affect them. After a complete medical history is taken, a thorough examination in undertaken which may include orthopaedic, neurological or circulatory examination. X rays, blood tests or urinalysis may be requested. Following from this, a thorough investigation of the patientís posture and structural state will lead to diagnosis. Treatment patterns will be explained to you and where appropriate, some time scale projected for your recovery. If you are unsuitable for osteopathic care, you will be appropriately referred.
How many treatments will I need?
This will vary from patient to patient but you will be given an outline treatment plan on your first visit.