What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment, and is suitable for all stages of life. Osteopaths looks to balance the structure and function of the body, promoting your own natural healing mechanisms. Osteopathy is a form of Primary Healthcare, so you do not require a referral or potentially long waiting list to see an Osteopath. Also, an Osteopath will look to treat and seek improvement in your symptoms as soon as is realistically possible, with an individually tailored treatment plan.
Osteopathy involves manipulating joints, soft tissue techniques, mobilisation and other modalities including exercise prescription, rehabilitation advice and lifestyle advice.
In the United Kingdom, all Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). We are required to renew our registration annually and are provided with a licence to Practice.
What can I expect at my appointment
The first appointment usually takes approximately one hour. A detailed case history will be taken and you will be asked questions about your current symptoms as well as your past medical history, any medications you are currently taking and other relevant questions. A detailed examination will then take place which includes a blood pressure check.
Osteopaths will generally ask patients to undress to their underwear for this examination, as it involves a head to toe assessment of your body. However, if you would prefer to remain partially clothed, wear shorts or leggings, don’t hesitate to chat with you Osteopath about this. The examination will involve any appropriate testing for the symptoms that you are presenting with, and if Osteopathic treatment is suitable for you, the osteopath will aim to start treatment at this first appointment.
It is very important that a full case history and examination are undertaken before treatment starts, as this information is needed to form a working diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan that is specific to you. You may be given advice on management of your symptoms and other lifestyle advice between appointments and together, you and your Osteopath will work on a plan to encourage a positive outcome, by where not only does your Osteopath provide treatment, but by where you are encouraged to also play a role in facilitating healing, through engaging in a healthy lifestyle, exercise prescription and other recommendations that are individually tailored to you.
Follow up appointments will usually take approximately 30 minutes and will focus on a chat about how you have been since your last appointment, any relevant testing that is appropriate to how you are presenting, and then treatment. If you are experiencing any new symptoms, it is important that you let your Osteopath know, even if you think they might be unrelated to the reason you are visiting an Osteopath.
In addition, Trillium Osteopathy also offers dry needling and kinesio-taping as supplemental therapies. Kinesio taping is appropriate to help in various stages of treatment, to assist in preventing re-injury and can be used to treat many different conditions and complaints. It can be used as a beneficial modality between your appointments. Dry Needling (also known as Medical Acupuncture) is a supplemental therapy used in conjunction with Osteopathy to address myofascial pain and trigger points