Osteopathy is a manual medicine which aims to improve health by restoring movement and blood supply. It can work on many structures within the body including muscles, joints and ligaments and can help conditions like low back pain, neck pain, frozen shoulder, hip and knee pain, migraines, headaches, sciatica, and arthritic pain.
An Osteopath uses their hands and their increased sense of touch in order to diagnose and treat. Treatment is non-invasive, gentle and relaxing. If further diagnosis or tests are needed the osteopath will refer you back to your GP. The Osteopath will also refer you on to a different therapy if they feel that Osteopathy is not the right one for you.
On an initial consultation the Osteopath will take a full case history, asking questions about your problem and also about your medical history and general health. You will then usually be asked to remove some items of clothing so that an examination can take place and then a treatment. If you would like someone to accompany you during treatment please ask.
The number of treatments needed will vary from person to person. Six is an average number but acute conditions may only need two, and chronic conditions many more in order to maintain a condition such as arthritis.
If you have any questions about Osteopathic treatment please either email Claire Piper on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07891 043497. Claire is at Hamblys on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Please also refer to the practice website www.intouchhealth.co.uk which has more information on it.