What do osteopaths do?
Not familiar with osteopathy? Wondering whether we can help you? Use the links below to find out more – or contact us to discuss your case with an osteopath.
What is an osteopath?
Our osteopaths are skilled professionals, regulated by the General Osteopathic Council. Their rigorous training covers anatomy, physiology and pathology, plus osteopathic technique and over 1,000 hours treating patients. They’re also committed to developing their skills through postgraduate training.
And what sort of problems can you help me with?
We treat patients of all ages, with a wide variety of complaints affecting different body areas. Their symptoms may relate to work, posture, pregnancy, stress, sports injuries, ageing or everyday activities like walking, driving and gardening.
Wherever your pain is, our osteopaths are trained to assess the possible causes and whether hands-on treatment is appropriate.
So what will happen at my first appointment?
We’ll start with a full medical history and physical examination, observing you moving and using touch to detect stiff or painful areas. This is likely to involve you undressing to your underwear, so please wear or bring something you’ll feel comfortable in.
After the examination, we’ll give you a clear explanation of the potential causes of your problem, and how best to address them. Occasionally we may suggest investigations such as imaging or blood tests, or refer you to a GP or specialist. But usually we’re able to agree a management plan and begin treatment at your first appointment.
We use manual techniques to relieve pain, release tension and mobilise joints. These include soft tissue massage, stretching, joint articulation and manipulation – which may create painless ‘clicks’ just like cracking your knuckles. We also offer sports massage. Your treatment will be tailored to your specific needs and preferences.
We aim to put you in control of your own health. Hence we may also offer you guidance on exercise, posture, nutrition, injury prevention and more as appropriate.