What does treatment usually involve?
Once you are happy with an explanation of your condition, we will begin to treat you.
Osteopathic treatment varies considerably from practitioner to practitioner and in individual practices.
At this practice both therapists work very much with a hands on manual approach.
This usually involves movement of your joints and work on the surrounding tissues, such as muscle and ligaments. The treatment will usually be in the form of soft tissue manipulation (massage) and palpation (touch).
On occasions your osteopath may manipulate your joints to improve their mobility, this can often be heard as a click or crack within the joint. This is quite normal and signifies that the joint has been released. This helps to free off any restrictions within the joint and improve your mobility.
Osteopathic treatment is not usually painful, although some brief discomfort may be felt. Please discuss this with your therapist if you are concerned.
Osteopathic treatment is very safe. There is, at present, no evidence to suggest that it will harm you.
After treatment you will be advised on when and if treatment needs to be repeated.
You will also be given an information sheet explaining what to expect and what to do next. This information can also be found here, on the website ( the 'after treatment page' ).
It is hard to say how many treatments you will need as every patient and every problem is different. You will not be asked to attend more sessions than are strictly necessary.
You may feel more comfortable bringing a friend or partner to your appointment, especially to the first one.
Minors under the age of 16 will be required to have a parent/guardian/carer with them during any treatment, who can consent to the treatment given.