when you consult an osteopath? Before any treatment is
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:
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).
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".
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
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.