Osteopathy is a hands-on approach for treating a variety of issues including but not limited to work and sports related injuries, pregnancy aches and pains, headaches, arthritic, autoimmune conditions and sciatica. Treatment involves physical manipulation and massage of the muscle tissues, bones, organs, fluids and nerves. All of which aims to treat the body as a whole and appreciates the uniqueness of each individual. Osteopaths believe that the body has an innate ability to heal itself when conditions are optimal. However, our habits, lifestyle and stress factors can thwart our body’s ability to heal efficiently. An Osteopath’s role is to facilitate this innate healing and restore the body’s equilibrium. This is achieved by looking at the individual’s structure, enquiring about lifestyle and how the presenting problems came to be. This helps to identify the underlying issues that are preventing optimal functioning leading to pain and dysfunction. It is important to note that often the area of pain is not where the issue is stemming from and so a thorough examination and enquiry is important in creating a treatment plan. An Osteopathic approach combines therapeutic treatments tailored to each individual. This helps correct the underlying issues as a one size fits all approach is unlikely to yield long term results. Osteopaths also work to optimise performance and mindset by collaborating with movement and exercise instructors, Psychologists, alternative healthcare practitioners to enable the best outcome.
It may be possible to carry out an assessment and treatment through thin clothing. You may bring some appropriate clothing such as shorts and a t-shirt, or we have some sets available for use if required. Some treatment (such as tissue massage) may require access to skin and so appropriate underwear is required to allow for ease of movement over the skin and to avoid friction. In which case, other areas will be covered with a towel and your dignity respected.
Be prepared to provide your previous medical or surgical history. If you have them and if they are relevant bring scan/MRI reports, and list of medication. You may wish to bring shorts and t-shirt, but we have these available for use here.
The number of treatments will vary depending on the problem and individual. After a thorough assessment, your practitioner will discuss their treatment plan with you and recommend how many treatments are required for the best results.
No, osteopaths can assess and treat without referral by a doctor.
Many health insurers require a doctors referral before they authorise cover of fees. We will assist where possible, but we recommend checking your individual insurance policy.