What to expect from your Osteopathy appointment
You will be welcomed to our WC1 clinic and listened to by your Osteopath. To make a diagnosis of your problem a comprehensive history of the complaint and other relevant details will be recorded. Then you will have an examination, this is to observe the body’s movement, muscle tone and posture.
During your session with the Osteopath
During examination and treatment you will be asked to remove some outer clothing. Please wear underwear, shorts and sports bra that you feel comfortable in. The Osteopath uses their highly developed sense of touch (palpation) to assess the affected areas. Some special medical tests may also be performed.
Osteopaths treat holistically so that the whole of the body is considered and treated. The body movement and postural examination will help the Osteopath identify what led to the patient’s problem in the first place. With this information the patient’s problem can be prevented from recurring in the future. For instance, a patient presenting with knee pain will also have their ankle, foot, hip and lumbar spine assessed as any lack of movement or make weakness in these areas could lead to pain in the knee.
Treatments involve gentle stretching of muscles to help them relax, stimulating ligaments and other soft tissues with massage type techniques to reduce adhesions and restoring joint movement by articulation, stretching and manipulation. There are many other techniques that may be used depending on the condition and which techniques you are happy with.
After Osteopathic Treatment
Many patients express a sense of some ease of movement and immediate relief from some of their symptoms but most conditions can take a few sessions to get complete relief. Some patients feel a little sore for 24 to 48 hours after the treatment, but should never make the symptoms any worse. The best course of action is to use the suggestions given by the Osteopath. These suggestions are tools and opportunities to help reduce symptoms between treatments and maintain optimal function. All treatments will conclude with some self-help methods to facilitate the changes that the patient desires.
I know Osteopathy treats back pain but can it help for pain in my knee?
Yes it can. Many people think that Osteopathy is solely for the treatment of lower back pain but Osteopaths successfully treat neck, hip, knee, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, and even jaw pain and stiffness. Tension headaches are also successfully treated.