What to expect from a trip to the Osteopath?
In your first visit to the practice we will discuss your medical health and your current problem. This is followed by an examination which may involve you carrying out some simple movements.
We recognise that each patient is different and so the type of treatment you receive will be tailored for you and your individual diagnosis.
Explaining what we are doing and what we want to achieve in treatment is important and so questions during the consultation are welcomed.
We may refer you to your GP for other investigations such as an X-ray or blood test or to recommend an MRI from an appropriate Consultant.
Osteopathy is a hands-on treatment using an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to adjust poor musculoskeletal function, allowing the body to heal naturally and efficiently. The practice of osteopathy is unique in that diagnosis and treatment is partially achieved by a highly developed sense of touch.
Osteopaths have to complete a 4-5 year full-time degree where they develop clinical skills to diagnose mechanical problems and refer on more serious cases if necessary. They are committed to furthering and updating their clinical knowledge through mandatory Continuing Professional Development.
All Osteopaths are registered with The General Osteopathic Council that was established under the Osteopathy Act (1993) to regulate Osteopathy in the U.K.
Patients do not need a referral from their G.P. though Osteopathic treatment may be suggested by their Doctor.