What happens when you see an Osteopath?

First a full case history is taken, which includes any medical history and any injuries you may have had. Next you will be examined to see what and where the problem is. The osteopath may ask you to remove your outer clothing in order to see how movement occurs in the area. You may be asked to perform some movements. The osteopath will palpate (feel) the tissues (muscles, tendons, joints) involved. They will then explain their findings. Then they will give you some treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

I aim to get you well quickly and back on your feet as soon as possible.

The number of treatments varies according to the length of time the problem has been there and the severity. Also patients respond differently to treatment.

As a rough guide, most patient’s conditions have improved in about 6 treatments (for children this may be less)

If you do not improve as expected, then further investigation such as X-ray or MRI (usually via your GP or privately) may be considered.

What is the difference between Osteopathy and Chiropractic?

Mainly the philosophy is different. Chiropractors believe all problems arise from dysfunction of the nerve supply. So they concentrate on manipulating the spine, which is the origin of the nerves. Osteopaths believe form governs function, so will look at nerve supply and blood supply. They will asses where the problem arises and work directly with that area.

What is the difference between Osteopathy and Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists work with conditions. They have a given protocol for treatment of each condition. Physiotherapists are usually less hands on than Osteopaths. Osteopaths work with the body. A given set of symptoms may have different treatments for different people, as they problem may have arisen from different circumstances.

What is the difference between Osteopathy and Cranio Sacral Therapy?

Only osteopaths have the comprehensive education to fully diagnose and treat patients and to practice Cranial Osteopathy. Some body workers, including massage therapists and physical therapists, have learned a simplified therapy called craniosacral therapy, which is different from Cranial Osteopathy.

Cranial Osteopathy was originated by osteopath/physician William Sutherland, DO . Studying the joins of the disarticulated skull he noticed that the edges of the individual cranial bones are shaped as if they were designed for movement. Physician John Upledger studied Sutherland's theory of cranial bone movement.

He developed his own treatment style, and when he started to teach his work to a group of students who were not osteopaths he generated the term 'CranioSacral therapy', based on the corresponding movement between cranium and sacrum.

Will you "crack" my back?

Manipulation (clicking) is a very safe and effective form of treatment. Osteopaths take a thorough case history during consultation to look for potential problems that would contraindicate manipulation. Some patients don’t like to be manipulated and this is OK. Osteopaths have many techniques they can use to improve quality of movement of joints.

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