What is osteopathy?

 

Osteopathy is a primary care profession, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of musculo-skeletal disorders, and the effects of these conditions on patients' general health. Osteopaths seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the body has the ability to heal, and osteopathic care focuses on strengthening the musculo-skeletal systems to treat existing conditions and to prevent illness. 

 

How do we treat?

 

Osteopathy primarily works on your muscles and joints. Treatment is adaptable and dynamic and uses a variety of soft tissue, stretching, mobilisation and manipulation of joints to relax muscles and to enhance joint mobility. Osteopaths are also trained to assess when osteopathic treatment is not appropriate and can refer for further investigation. 

 

Commonly treated conditions include back and neck pain, postural problems, sporting injuries, muscle and joint deterioration, restricted mobility and occupational ill-health.

What to expect?

Initial Consultation 

  • When visiting an osteopath for the first time a full detailing case history will be taken.

  • Normally you will be asked to remove some items of clothing and guided through a series of movement within your range while the osteopath assesses you. 

  • The osteopath will then use a highly developed sense of touch, known as palpation, to identify any areas of weakness or excessive strain within the body.

  • A series of examination, such as orthopedic or neurological will be performed if necessary. 

  • An evaluation of the presenting symptoms will be developed and explained to the patient including a treatment and management plan. A contract is therefore made with the osteopath and the patient to ensure that each is aware of how long the treatment is likely to continue, the type of treatment and what the patient should expect. 

  • Examination & treatment is performed manually using the hands applied to the patients body, spine, joints & soft tissues. The treatment itself will consist of the different techniques used within osteopathy ranging from:

  1. Soft-tissue massage

  2. Mobilisation of joints

  3. Stretching  

  4. Manipulation 

  5. Cranial osteopathy

  • After the treatment the patient will be given useful advice and often exercises.

  • The osteopath may need additional information such as x-rays or blood tests. If necessary these will be arranged with your consent through your GP.

  • Payment for the treatment is required at the end of each treatment session.


If you have any questions or you wish to find out more please call or text 07725 500 924 or email lucialeiter.osteopath@gmail.com