What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established, recognized system of diagnosis and treatment that places its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body.
Osteopathy uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis . Its main strength, however, lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment to bring back into balance thereby relieving pain and restoring individual's health.
Visiting an Osteopath
When you visit an osteopath for the first time a full case history will be taken.
Osteopaths are able to identify possible underlying health problems you may have in addition to your presenting problem. Then an examination will be performed. The Osteopath will examine your posture and the area of pain, for which you may need to remove the outer layers of clothing.
The osteopath may need additional investigations e.g. x-ray as this will allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plan.
Treatment is a combination of non invasive techniques. This may include techniques such as:
Muscular energy techniques
Functional techniques (gentle release techniques)
Posture exercises and ergonomics advices