What is Osteopathy?

An American physician by the name of Dr. A T Still founded Osteopathy in 1874. He had become disillusioned with the practice of medicine at the time and discovered the importance of body mechanics i.e. body motion, to health.

Osteopaths are concerned primarily with how the body moves and how the accumulation of stresses and strains possibly built up over many years, can bring on pain or discomfort.

What can be treated?

Osteopathic treatment is suitable for all ages and may be beneficial for many different conditions including:

Treatment of children

Many babies and children do not entirely recover form the mechanical stresses of birth and young children can experience pains from various causes.

We are always happy to discuss your problems with your children. Mostly we would refer on babies to more specialised Osteopaths, but we regularly treat school age children. 

Is treatment safe?

Osteopathic treatment has been proven to be an extremely safe and natural approach to health care, which works with the body's own health and repair mechanisms.

Osteopathy is now a recognized health profession. The Osteopaths Act, passed in 1993, provides for the profession to regulate itself under the law for the protection of the public.

The profession is now organized and run in much the same way as the medical profession.

Do I need to see my Doctor first?

You do not have to be referred by your doctor before treatment, although you may do so if you wish. It is entirely up to you. Many doctors refer patients to us already, although most patients come from a recommendation by relatives or friends.

Many health insurance plans include Osteopathy treatment. If you intend to claim the cost of treatment on your health insurance you should consult your insurer as soon as possible.

Your first visit

Your first consultation is similar to a consultation with your family doctor. Your Osteopath will need to know the nature of your complaint, the site and type of your pain or other symptoms and how and when the symptoms developed. Your Osteopath will need to know whether you have had a previous history of this, or any similar complaint and any examinations or treatments you have had in the past. He or she will also need details of your past medical history, including any serious illnesses, accidents, including road accidents, broken bones or operations you have had in your whole life.

Please be aware the Osteopath will require you to undress to allow a full examination, make sure you have suitable underclothes on, or wear suitable clothing, shorts, sports bra etc. or if you are uncomfortable undressed, wear loose clothing which can be moved aside if necessary. If you are uncomfortable at any time, please discuss with your osteopath and they will ensure you are suitably covered up.

Some people find it useful to jot down the history of the problem in date order, noting any treatment or X-rays they may have had. It might be helpful to bring a list of any medication you are taking, or if you are not sure, bring the bottle(s) with you.

At the end of your first visit, your Osteopath will explain how Osteopathy can help your particular condition.

What does treatment feel like?

Osteopathic treatment is gentle and rarely causes pain or discomfort. If you find that a particular treatment is uncomfortable, tell your Osteopath immediately. Provided with feedback, your Osteopath can use an alternative technique (there are an enormous range of these) which is both comfortable for you and effective for your particular condition.

Some approaches are so soothing that the strongest sensation is of warmth, relaxation and tension being drawn out of the body.

Telephone Advice

Your Osteopath is always happy to speak to you over the phone. If you have any concerns or questions, please ask the receptionist when he will be available.

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