OSTEOPATHY IN PRACTICE
‘Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders and the effects of these conditions on patients’ general health.
Using many of the diagnostic procedures applied in conventional medical assessment, osteopaths seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body, where possible without the use of drugs of surgery. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the body has an intrinsic ability to heal, and osteopathic care focuses on strengthening the musculoskeletal systems to treat existing conditions and to prevent illness.
Osteopaths’ patient-centred approach to health and wellbeing means they consider symptoms in the context of the patient’s full medical history as well as their lifestyle and personal circumstances. This holistic approach ensures that all treatment is tailored to the individual patient.’
Your first visit
This will first of all involve a consultation with the osteopath. He will ask questions about your complaint, and other relevant health problems you may have, or have had in the past.
An examination will then be carried out involving orthopaedic, osteopathic and neurological testing procedures. You may be asked to perform certain movements which will help the osteopath get an understanding of your condition. This may involve the need to remove some of your clothes, perhaps down to your underwear. Bring a pair of shorts if you prefer.
The osteopath’s findings and diagnosis will then be discussed with you and if you agree and it is appropriate, your first treatment can be carried out, or you can go away and consider. There is no obligation to go ahead with treatment.
Osteopathic treatment consists of relaxing, stretching and mobilising the muscles, connective tissue and joints. Sometimes manipulation of a joint is needed.