WHAT DO OSTEOPATHS TREAT?
Osteopathy can help manage various long-term and short-term conditions. Some symptoms that remain un-diagnosed after medical investigations may be found to respond.
Osteopathy is known to help symptoms of Chronic illnesses such as Asthma, Migraine, Period pain and various Digestive conditions.
Problems arising in Work, Sports or any aspect of life are equally suited to an Osteopathic Approach.
Various Childhood conditions such as Glue Ear, Tonsillitis, Acute or Chronic Ear Infection and Torticollis may respond favorably to this gentle treatment approach.
Other Modalities which are used within the clinic are Electrotherapy(Ultrasound), Dry Needle Modern Acupuncture and Percussion Therapy for Trigger points and Airway Clearance.
WHAT TO EXPECT
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Your first Osteopathic Consultation may last up to an hour as it will include a thorough assessment prior to diagnosis and treatment. This allows you plenty of time to discuss your condition and establish what you need from your treatment.
Osteopaths consider each person as an individual, therefore it is likely that you will be asked to discuss salient points about the presenting condition, your medical history also your lifestyle.
In order to be examined properly, you will be asked to undress to your underwear and perform a few simple movements or exercises to assess your body mechanics. Using a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body; a diagnosis may then be reached.
Additional investigations such as an MRI, X-ray or blood tests may be requested. If further investigations or treatment other than Osteopathy is indicated the Osteopath will refer you to the appropriate profession.
The osteopath will clearly explain their diagnosis, treatment plan and management for you. They will also ensure that you understand all aspects and answer any questions you may have prior to commencing any treatment. You will be encouraged to ask as many questions as you like.
Understanding your condition will help you to look after yourself too, sometimes accelerating your recovery.