How your osteopath can help you:
We can help you with any aches and pains in the body by finding the main cause of why you have pain. We can also improve mobility and function to improve not only quality or life, but performance in sports, work and daily activities. Our professional osteopath is equipped to handle a comprehensive range of acute pains caused by injury or trauma, to the chronic pains from occupational stress and strains like back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and migraines.
You can be assured – we have a commitment to excellence when it comes to the level of care we provide!
Benefits of an osteopathic treatment:
- Identify the root cause of your pain or discomfort
- Reduction in pain and stiffness in muscles and joints
- Treats spinal problems (scoliosis, disc issues, posture)
- Treats trauma from lifting, accidents and sports injuries
- Treats whiplash injuries from car crashes or falls
- Relieves chronic pain through gentle, effective treatment
- Reduce and relieve tension headaches and migraines
- Decreasing the amount of stress on joints
- Encourages the body to heal itself by improving blood flow, circulation and restoring normal range of movement.
Osteopaths treat more than you think:
Do I need a doctors referral to see an osteopath?
No referral is needed but some GPs do refer their patients for osteopathic treatment.
What to expect at your appointment:
If you are a new patient, the initial appointment may take up to an hour long. This allows for a comprehensive case history, medical history and physical examination, ensuring all bases are covered. The questions asked in the case history and medical history all give valuable information to give a correct diagnosis, so that we treat the right thing. Your osteopath may also use X-rays, ultra sound results or blood tests to help make a diagnosis.
The physical examination involves some observation, certain movements and some specific tests. This gives a specific diagnosis and makes sure you do not need to be referred on to a specialist, or potentially get a scan. Your osteopath will explain the most likely cause of your pain/complaint and talk about the most effective treatment options. If you are happy with the treatment plan, your osteopath will procceed.
Osteopathic treatment involves a variety of gentle, manual techniques that are individually tailored to your diagnosis. Techniques may include:
Massage and other soft tissue techniques to release tension and relax stiff and achey muscles
Articulation to loosen restricted joints and improve overall mobility
Manipulation, a short high velocity movement to a joint where a small click may be heard. Some patients prefer not to be manipulated, where other techniques can be used to improve mobility.
Your treatment plan may include advice on posture, stretches and exercise to help recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms reoccuring.
Are there any side effects?
Sometimes there may be a slight discomfort or feeling of being 'worked on' for a day or two afer treatment. This is normal and will go away. Releasing tight muscles and restricted joints can sometimes be a shock to the body, especially if your body is used to a limited range of movement with daily habits such as computer use or prolonged sitting. Sometimes there are no side effects and the body feels great straight after treatment, however, if it is your first osteopathic treatment and you feel a discomfort after treatment, it is temporary and the benefits of treatment will be felt once your body has adjusted to the changes made.