"An Osteopath is only a human engineer, who should understand all the laws governing his engine and thereby master disease." - A T Still
Osteopaths are considered Allied Health Professionals, with Osteopathy generally a complementary form of healthcare. The body’s components, such as bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons are all connected in one form or another, and therefore function as a unit. This means that a trauma or dysfunction in one area can present as a symptoms in another, such as a headache being the result of a tight neck. By stretching, massaging and manipulating joints, muscles and other soft tissue structures, Osteopathy aims to treat the cause and not just the problem. This treatment in turn reduces the tension in muscles and promotes improved blood flow allowing for increased mobility and healing.
Our clinic uses a multidisciplinary approach utilising all therapy classes for best patient outcomes.
How can an Osteopath Help?
The clinician will assess you, looking for areas of dysfunction, pain, tightness, reduced mobility of weakness. These findings will then be reported to you with a clear explanation of the treatment plan going forwards. The risks and benefits of treatment will be discussed, along with the number of sessions required and treatment costs.
What are Osteopaths trained to do?
Osteopaths are trained to not just look at the site of pain or dysfunction but fined the underlying cause from a holistic perspective. Through their training, our Osteopaths are able to treat a wide range of conditions such as Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Postural issues, sports and musculoskeletal injuries as well as other forms of joint pain.
What will my first treatments consist of?
Our Osteopath will ask you questions about your presenting condition as well as your medical history. They will then carry out an examination of the areas they feel need assessing based on your presentation. Osteopathy uses manual techniques, and so the clinician will use their hands on the soft tissue and joints to reduced pain and improve movement. Techniques such as massage, stretching, joint mobilization and high velocity thrust, which can cause a clicking sound, may be used within the session. The Osteopath will ask for constant feedback throughout the session as well as consent for the treatment carried out. Generally, treatment shouldn’t be painful, however you may experience some discomfort afterwards. You may also be given home exercises to do as part of your treatment which will help with your recovery. Regular reviews will be carried out in the course of your treatment to assess your progress and change its course as required.
How long will it take to recover?
Depending on the type of injury or condition will dictate your recovery time. Osteopaths will often give home exercises and stretches to do to complement the treatment being received. It is important you carry these out as evidence suggests the combination can improve recovery times.
Is it affordable?
Osteopathy treatment at our clinic is affordable. As we are a multi-disciplinary clinic, treatment plans often involve the input from several of our clinicians. If you wish to get back to moving in an optimal manner, without pain or discomfort, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us to see how we may be able to do this for you.