Questions and Answers

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions. Osteopaths consider each person as an individul and the treatment is focused to that individuals needs and expectations. Using gentle stretching and mobilising techniques as well as manipulating joints, an osteopath works with the body to create the perfect conditions to facilitate the healing process. Advice and exercises are given where appropriate to help self-management.

What does Osteopathy treat?

Osteopathy can help alleviate symptoms in conditions such as back pain, sciatica, arthritis, neck pain, headaches, muscular aches, sports injuries, postural problems and more. Osteopathy is a holistic approach and the aim is to treat the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms. Osteopaths have a highly developed sense of touch and an advanced understanding of the bodies biomechanics.

What will the visit involve? 

On your first visit a full medical case history will be taken to evaluate if osteopathy is the correct treatment for you. If further details are required before the treatment can occur (e.g. blood test, x-ray,etc) then Sarah will refer you back to your GP or specialist. If treatment is appropriate, then an examination will be carried out (you may be asked to remove some clothing for this) and you will be asked to perform a few simple movements to help with assessment. Sarah will then examine the necessary areas to find  weakness, restriction or strain in the body. Sarah will then make a diagnosis and discuss treatment options.

What will the treatment be like?

Osteopaths usually start treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints, using gentle massage techniques, rhythmic joint movements and muscle release techniques. Manipulations are often administered when appropriate and these involve short, quick movements to the spinal joint that often produce an audible "click". Treatments usually last up to 30mins, and normally between 2 and 6 sessions are required. Many patients decide that they would like to have periodic preventative treatments to avoid recurring problems.