Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. It employs many diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength is the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional, postural and neurological standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the patient’s needs and get them pain free in the quickest time possible.
What to expect
On your first visit, and before examination begins, the osteopath will discuss and record your medical history in detail. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements. The osteopath will then apply a highly developed sense of touch to identify points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body. This will allow a full diagnosis of the problem and because osteopathy is patient centred, this means the treatment is geared to you as an individual. On occasion, further investigations may be appropriate and might include an x-ray, MRI or blood test, and these can be arranged for you.