I'VE NEVER BEEN TO AN OSTEOPATH BEFORE. WHAT HAPPENS?
After meeting you, we will have a chat about why you have come to see me, then we'll talk about your past medical history. Doing this makes sure you are safe to treat and will also give me more clues about how to approach treatment. The information you provide will be confidential.
In order to be examined, it is likely you will be asked to remove some of your clothing. If you feel this may be an issue, please tell me as we can work around your needs. You are also more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to the appointment.
I will then ask you to carry out some simple movements; this allows me to see any restrictions in your movement, which again, gives me further clues on where problems may be occurring. With your consent (permission), I will then palpate (place my hands on) bony landmarks, muscles etc to assess how your body is responding to your injury/discomfort. Once my assessment is complete and before treatment commences, I will formulate a treatment plan and discuss with you, a management plan designed to return you to your best.
CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP ME?
96% of patients reported confidence in the advice and treatment received from an osteopath (Public Perceptions Study summary report).
Over 50% of patients reported an improvement in their symptoms 7 days after receiving osteopathic treatment and 73% reported an improvement in their symptoms 6 weeks post-treatment.
IS OSTEOPATHY SAFE?
Osteopathy has an extremely safe reputation and a major adverse occurrence is rare, rarer than from taking medication. As a registered osteopath, I also have to adhere to the Osteopathic Practice Standards (OPS). This is a framework that aims to improve and maintain osteopathic consultation and treatment, whilst increasing patient safety.