What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established recognized system of diagnosis and treatment, which lays its main emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body. It is distinctive by the fact that it recognizes that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease.
What kinds of problems can Osteopathy help with?
Whilst back pain is the most common problem seen, Osteopathy can help with a wide variety of problems including;
| Repetitive strain injury
| The pain of arthritis
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Changes to posture during pregnancy
Babies with colic or sleeplessness
Children with glue ear
What can I expect when I visit an Osteopath?
When you visit an Osteopath for the first time a full case history will be taken and you will be given an examination. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements. The Osteopath will then use a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body. The Osteopath may need additional investigations such as x-ray, scans or blood tests. This will allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plan to be developed for you.
How many treatments will I need?
Osteopathy is patient centered, which means treatment is geared to you as an individual. Your Osteopath should be able to give you an indication of your treatment plan after your first visit. For some acute pain one or two treatments may be all that is necessary. Chronic conditions may need ongoing maintenance. An average is 4-6 sessions with continuing maintenance every 3 months dependant on your condition.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
A formal referral from your GP is not necessary, whilst many patients are referred to Osteopaths by Doctors many patients self-refer.
How does Osteopathy work?
Osteopaths work with their hands using a wide variety of treatment techniques. These may include soft tissue techniques, rhythmic passive joint mobilization or the high velocity thrust techniques designed to improve mobility and the range of movement of a joint. Gentle release techniques are widely used, particularly when treating children or elderly patients. This allows the body to return to efficient normal function.
Can I have Osteopathy on my private medical insurance?
Most private health funds give benefits for Osteopathic treatment. Reimbursement will depend on the insurer and the plan you have chosen. Contact the helpline of your insurance company who will explain the actual benefits and methods of claim for your individual policy.
What are the origins of Osteopathy?
Andrew Taylor Still, born in 1828 in Virginia, USA, trained as a doctor according to the system of medical education available at the time. As time went on he followed a different path from many of his peers, eschewing alcohol and the habit of contemporary physicians of administering crude drugs at their disposal in heroic quantities. This drove him to seek new methods of treating sickness. The outcome of his research was the application of physical treatment as a specialised form of treatment for which he coined the name 'Osteopathy'.
Phone (07) 3808 8624 for an initial consultation and begin to heal your body naturally.