Osteopathy is a way of improving health by easing the stresses and strains in the body’s framework and improving the movement of joints, tone of muscles and circulation. The aim of this is to help people move better, to reduce pain and improve general health. This is applicable to adults and children of all ages.
Osteopathy is a very safe form of treatment, and the majority of people find their treatments enjoyable and relaxing.
Your first visit will last about 1 hour and is geared towards identifying the problem prior to treatment. During the visit you will be asked about:
You will be asked to undress to your underwear (please wear something you are happy to be seen in!), so that I can observe the quality and range of movement across your whole body. This will be followed in more detail with hands-on testing of movement.
Once the assessment is made we will discuss the findings and treatment options and how best to proceed. All treatment plans are explained and discussed with the patient. This plan will be tailored to your individual needs. You may be given exercises and advice as well as hands on treatment.
If you would like a chaperone to be present during your treatment, please let us know when you make your appointment so this can be arranged.
Most treatment is given with the patient lying down. If you find lying down uncomfortable, you could be treated sitting. Small children are often treated sitting with their carer.
Children and young people under 14 must always be accompanied by an appropriate adult during treatment. Young people aged between 14 and 16 can choose to be seen alone with parental or guardian's consent.
It may be necessary to carry out some other basic tests, for example taking your blood pressure or testing nerve reflexes. If more specialist investigations are required – such as X-rays or MRI scans – these can be arranged either privately or via your GP.
This practice is registered with most major health insurers and I am happy to provide receipts or invoices for treatments if you are planning to make a claim.