Your first appointment with one of our fully qualified and registered osteopaths takes approximately 45 minutes. We take a full case history, including your past and present problems, lifestyle, occupation, leisure activities, medication, and general health.
This is then followed by an examination, which usually involves undressing so that we can fully examine the body movements and problem area. However, if you are not comfortable with getting undressed, shorts and T-shirt are also suitable. If you prefer, you may also have a friend or relative present during the appointment.
Specific medical tests may be conducted during the process. Your osteopath will also use touch to identify points of weakness or excessive strain in the body. Once all of these stages have been completed, we can then discuss our findings and recommend the best course of treatment.
If it is safe to do so, your treatment can then take place after your examination, including advice on how to manage the problem. Treatment usually takes place with you sitting or lying on a couch, and may involve:
Spinal manipulations may also be carried out. These are short, quick movements to joints in order to help restore normal joint function and mobility. Advice may include stretches and/or exercises to do at home and suggestions on ways to improve posture and lifestyle.
The number of treatments needed depends upon your condition and its duration as well as your age and lifestyle. When you have chronic low back pain, you may need several treatments. For acute pain, 1 or 2 treatments may be sufficient. Follow-on appointments last for 30 minutes and mainly involve treatment and advice.
After an osteopathic treatment, you may feel stiff, sore, and/or tired for up to 24 hours. This can feel similar to post-exercise soreness, as it is the result of your body making changes following the treatment. As a result, it is advisable to rest and to avoid strenuous activity, however if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to ring our practice.
As with all medical intervention, osteopathic treatment has risks associated with it. These risks are extremely small and have been shown to be much smaller than most conventional medicine. However, they are present all the same. Using our expertise, we always aim to keep these to a minimum and only use techniques fit for your particular needs. However, if you have any concerns, please discuss them with your practitioner and we can alter our approach.