Osteopathy is suitable for people of all ages and from all backgrounds. It's a gentle and effective manual therapy that aims to reduce pain and improve function and mobility.
Osteopathy isn't just for back pain! It can help with a variety of musculoskeletal issues throughout the body from headaches arising from the neck, to tennis elbow, to arthritis, neuralgia, sports injuries, muscle spasms, joint pain, acute and chronic pain.
Osteopathic treatments uses a combination of structural techniques including joint articulation, functional technique, soft tissue and direct joint mobilization to help restore function, reduce tension, improve muscular aches and pain and encourage recovery.
Dry needling is a technique involving fine filament needles (similar to those used in acupuncture), it’s application is used to release myofacial trigger points (MTP) and tight muscles. When combined with osteopathy is an effective way to treat several pain conditions.
What will happen at the first consultation?
During your first visit a full case history will be taken asking detailed questions about your condition, past medical history and lifestyle (e.g. exercise history, stress levels etc.)
You will be given an evaluation, combining osteopathic assessments (a series of movements) with orthopaedic and clinical diagnostic screening tests.
The osteopath will use a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body.
After the assessment, a full diagnosis will be discussed with the patient and if appropriate, treatment will be given. Osteopathy is patient centered, which means the treatment is geared to you as an individual. At the end of the consultation, the osteopath will be able to give an expectation of the number and frequency of treatments required. Remedial advice and preventative exercise will also be discussed.
How long is each treatment?
Our initial appointments may take up to 60 minutes as a full case history will need to be taken. Follow up appointments usually last 30 minutes.
What should I wear?
It is helpful to wear comfortable clothing and underwear. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing, down to your underwear if necessary. Aqueous cream is used as a lubricant during soft tissue massage and towels are provided for modesty and to cover over clothing plus areas of the body not involved in the treatment.
How many treatments will be required?
At the end of the initial consultation, the osteopath will be able to give an expectation of the number and frequency of treatments required. This will vary according to the age and condition of the individual.
Some patients, particularly the elderly, find great benefit in receiving regular maintenance treatments. Once again, the time interval between maintenance treatments will vary according to the age and condition of the individual. Elderly patients may receive a maintenance treatment at 3-6 weekly intervals. Younger patients can also benefit from maintenance treatments, but at a greater time interval.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No, you can book an appointment directly with an osteopath.
If you have private health care insurance, please check with us before your first treatment to ensure we are registered with your insurer. It is worth checking your policy before your first treatment. Some insurance companies require a referral from a GP.
Initial consultations - 45 mins
Follow up appointments - 30 mins