What Happens At Your First Osteopath Appointment?

What can I expect from an osteopath appointment?

Your osteopath will make a diagnosis and discuss a course of treatment with you.

This may involve further visits for manual therapy – a range of gentle hands on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints..

Does osteopathy actually work?

There’s limited evidence to suggest that osteopathy may be effective for some types of neck, shoulder or lower-limb pain, and recovery after hip or knee operations. There’s currently no good evidence that it’s effective as a treatment for health conditions unrelated to the bones and muscles (musculoskeletal system).

Do osteopaths release toxins?

Say goodbye to toxins How? Osteopaths use certain techniques like soft tissue release, articulation and manipulation with the aim to improve circulation to the affected area. This in turn will help with drainage of toxins and bringing nutrition to the area to aid healing.

Is osteopathy better than physiotherapy?

Osteopathy generally has a more hands-on approach, as treatment is dominated with manual therapy. Physiotherapists will often include other modalities such as electrotherapy, hydrotherapy and ultrasound. Both are qualified with unique skill sets.

Why do I feel worse after osteopathy?

It Might Make My Pain Worse!? Whilst we aim to help you feeling better as soon as possible, there are times where you may feel a little bit worse after treatment. This happens after we have moved things around and the body needs time to adjust to the new state of health.

Is it normal to feel sick after osteopathy?

Side effects of the treatments mild soreness for a day or two after treatment (similar to post-exercices muscle soreness) redness around the area that has been treated (due to improved blood supply) tiredness, drowsiness and headaches. nausea or bloating particularly after visceral treatment.

Is osteopathy better than chiropractic?

The primary difference between chiropractic care and osteopathy is that, while chiropractors are primarily focused on the joints and spine, osteopaths are more concerned with the whole body and take on a more holistic approach. Therefore, an osteopath may not solely focus on the musculoskeletal system or symptoms.

How does an osteopath treat back pain?

This is when your osteopath directly applies pressure to the soft tissues of your back. It aims to reduce tension in your back and relieve your pain. Manipulation. In manipulation, your osteopath will make a quicker thrusting action with their hands at a particular point of your spine.

How long does it take for osteopathy to work?

Most patients will feel at least some improvement after the first osteopathic session. For some patients, the benefits may only be felt after a couple of days. Other patients may have a reaction to treatment, sometimes called a “healing crisis”, and feel a bit worse for a day or two after treatment.

How do Osteopaths diagnose?

Osteopaths are trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP or needs further tests, such as MRI scans or blood tests, to help diagnose the problem.

How often should you see an osteopath?

We often recommend 2-3 sessions in the first 10-12 days, with intervals increasing to match your progress. Every patient responds differently and your osteopath will discuss with you the anticipated course of treatment, your prognosis and realistic expectations for recovery.

Do osteopaths crack backs?

The osteopath will use techniques such as massage to work tension from the muscles to promote relaxation. They’ll stretch out stiff joints, and use short, sharp movements (known as high-velocity thrusts) to the spine, which produce the “cracking” noise similar to clicking your knuckles.