Setting you straight
At Central Osteopaths our fully qualified Osteopaths can help to ease your pain and restore your movement
Osteopathy is an Allied Health Care profession working with the muscles, joints, nerves, and other soft tissues of the body. It is based on the idea that if all these structures work together in harmony, good health will follow. Osteopaths can treat a wide range of conditions and can help all kinds of people, including the young, the old and pregnant women. Osteopaths are highly trained in triage – so if your symptoms require the attention of another medical professional your Osteopath can refer you appropriately. Osteopathic treatment is considered ‘conservative management’ and is the appropriate first line management for most musculoskeletal complaints.
Our friendly and experienced osteopaths are fully qualified and registered with the General Osteopathic Council. This means you can relax knowing you are safe in their hands. Generally speaking, osteopaths can diagnose and treat the same sort of conditions as physiotherapists. For example, they can treat conditions like:
- back, neck, hip and shoulder pain
- postural strains
- sports injuries
- arthritic pain
- work injuries
- overuse and repetitive strain injuries
- …and more
Osteopathy Treatments – The Process
Your first Osteopathy appointment will start with a long conversation exploring the reason why you have chosen to come and see us, as well as other details your medical history and lifestyle – enabling us to get a full understanding of you and your complaint.
Examination will involve a mixture of clinical tests, movement tests, and touch to locate the source and cause of your symptoms. Usually people will be asked to remove some clothing to enable this process – however if you would prefer for any reason not to, we can find a way around this. However, because of this we ask that people wear suitable supportive underwear, or bring with them comfortable clothes that they can move freely in.
After the consultation and examination your Osteopath has a diagnosis they will discuss this with you and formulate a plan. Usually this involves a mixture of hands-on treatment, exercise prescription, and dietary/lifestyle changes. In the rare case that your Osteopath thinks that you may need attention from another medical professional they can advise you on this too. Everybody, and every complaint is different, and therefore requires different levels of attention and time – and a different number of appointment. Most commonly people will see their Osteopath approximately 2-4 times over 1-4 weeks for a simple or acute complaint; and maybe 6-10 for a more complex or chronic condition.
To find out more, or to book an appointment, please contact us at:
0800 6444 201