Benefits Of Seeing An Osteopath

What does an Osteopath do?

Osteopaths may be able to relieve aches, pain, or stiffness resulting from accidents or injuries.

What will the Osteopath do?

On your first visit, the osteopath or his student or secretary will take a full medical history and want to know the details of your problem.

The osteopath will then perform a physical examination. You will be required to do a few simple movements. The osteopath does this so he can observe your posture and your mobility. He will also gently palpate your joints, tissues and ligaments looking for tenderness or imbalances. Expect this fact-finding appointment to last thirty minutes to an hour.Elementary Health

On your second visit, the osteopath will try different techniques. These may include any or all of:

-Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) involves”hands-on” care. The osteopath will use his hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses or injuries.

-Soft tissue stretching is a manual therapy technique used on the muscles and fascia. The osteopath uses his hands to stretch or relax dysfunctional soft tissue structures. Soft issue stretching technique is especially useful on the paraspinal muscles surrounding each vertebra of the spine. The ultimate goal is to get the muscles to relax.

-massage

-muscle energy technique

-manipulation of the spine

-rebalancing the body

-heat stimulation

As a follow-up the osteopath may ask you to do specific exercises. These are designed to make you more flexible or to prevent pain from returning. He may also suggest you use ice packs and techniques to ease pain.

How many Osteopathy Sessions will I have?

Recent injuries can often be eased within just one to three sessions. More chronic problems may take three to six sessions but sometimes more.

Some people benefit from regular maintenance treatments to aid mobility and keep pain-free.

What do Osteopathic Treatments cost?

It is normal to pay £35 to £50 outside London and £50 to £65 in London. Check your benefits package. You may get some assistance.

How do I go about getting an Appointment?

You may ask your family doctor for a referral to an osteopath. Or, you can make own appointment. However, check with your benefits plan company. They may insist the referral come through your doctor. In some areas you can get osteopathy treatments on the NHS. Ask your GP if this is available in your area or click on.