What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment which works with the structure and function of the body. The maintenance of good mechanical function is essential to good health. Problems in the framework of the body can disturb the circulatory system or nerves to any part of the body, and affect any aspect of health. Osteopaths work to restore the structure and function of the body to a state of balance and harmony, so helping the whole person.
What do Osteopaths treat?
Commonly treated problems include pain in the back, hips, neck, knees elbows and other joints. We also commonly treat muscle spasms, sciatica and other nerve pains and we treat patients after trauma including whiplash or sports injuries. Rheumatic and arthritic pain also responds well to osteopathy. Sometimes patients chose to see us for restricted mobility and postural problems to prevent future damage.
What can I expect when I visit an Osteopath?
When you visit an Osteopath for the first time a full case history will be taken followed by a postural examination. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and perform a simple series of movements. The osteopath will then use a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any weakness or strains throughout the body. Occasionally we also refer you for x-rays, MRI or blood tests.
We strive at all times to make you feel comfortable. If you don't feel happy undressing to your underwear or are unable to do so for cultural reasons, please let us know. You may want to bring comfortable shorts and a vest or we can provide a gown.
How does Osteopathy work?
Osteopaths work with their hands using a wide variety of treatment techniques. These may include soft tissue or massage techniques, rhythmic joint mobilization or the high velocity thrust techniques to improve mobility and joint movement. Gentle release techniques are widely used, particularly when treating children or elderly patients. Postural advice and exercises are often given to help maintain the effects of treatment.
Do I need a doctors' referral?
You don't need a doctors' referral to see us. We do however work closely with GPs/Consultants who will occasionally recommend patients to us.
Does my health insurance cover
Yes, but different providers have different levels of cover, please check with your insurer before having treatment.