What happens when you consult an osteopath? Before any treatment is carried out:

a) Case History (interviewing the patient) noting all the factors (age, occupation, when the symptoms began and progression including all medical history) that could be important in reaching a diagnosis.
b) Examination is carried out to evaluate which part and how much of the body is involved. (Patients are advised in order to carry out a proper assessment of their pain, they will have to undress to their underwear and gowns will be provided.)
There are a range of different forms of treatment, these treatments include:

Forms of Treatment

Soft Tissue Treatment - to increase circulation to an area to help the living tissue to heal or to drain an area that is heavily swollen. This is a very useful technique to break down chronicity in the tissues (long term suffering).

Manipulation Treatment - are movements that are carried out on a joint to improve its mobility. This can be on peripheral or a spinal joint and there may be an audible "click".

Articulations - to stretch the soft-tissues, muscles, ligaments, tendons by moving  the joint rhythmically, therefore increasing flexibility, and feeding this back to the central nervous system, to bring about a greater range of flexibility.

Ultrasound - is mechanical energy that is applied to damaged or inflamed tissue (example, shoulder rotator cuff tendonitis, knee ligaments, Achilles tendonitis) this will speed up and enhance the quality of the repair.

Cranial Treatment - is a specialized form of osteopathy. It is a whole set of very gentle manual techniques which are generally applied to the whole of the cranium ( head )  and the sacrum (base of the spine). It is particularly designed for treating babies and children, but can also be used in adults either exclusively or in conjunction with other forms of osteopathy. Cranial osteopathy tends to address various complaints such as headaches and migraine.

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