Visiting an Osteopath
When you visit an osteopath for the first time a full case history will be taken, and you will be given an examination. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements. The osteopath will then use his or her highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body.
The osteopath may need additional investigations such as x-ray or blood tests. This will allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plan to be developed with you. Osteopathy is patient centered, which means the treatment is geared to you an individual.
What is Back Pain?
Trouble with your bock does not simply produce pain in the bock. It may be the cause of more remote symptoms like pain in the buttocks, groin or legs (commonly called sciatica). This con be brought about by pressure on specific nerve roots.
Problems in the bock con also bring on pain in the head, neck, shoulders and arms because they con disturb the mechanical function of the whole body. Back problems account for over 50% of the causes osteopaths see. Osteopathic treatment is often the most effective first line of attack in trying to correct these very debilitating problems.
Most people think that bock pain must be the result of injury. In fact, there are many disease states and pathological conditions that can give symptoms of backache. Abdominal or Pelvic Disease, Anxiety states, Arthritis Cervical or Lumbar Spondylosis, Dermatological problems, Kidney disease, Rheumatic conditions and Tumors.
Osteopaths ore skilled in diagnosing problems that may require further investigation or medical treatment. While these specific conditions are not curable by osteopathic treatments, by correcting any underlying mechanical disturbances in the musculo-skeletal system, osteopaths con greatly relieve the pain and distress involved in some of these problems.
Most bock troubles however, result from mechanical or functional disturbances of the spine and osteopaths have been successfully treating these problems for over 100 years.
With your permission, the osteopath will contact your doctor if medical treatment is needed.
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Joint Pain
- Rheumatic Pain
- Period Pain
- Pain From injury
- Sports injury
- Arthritic Pain
- Joint Stiffness
- Leg Pain
The skilled techniques of osteopathy can allow you a speedy return to normal activity. If you have had the pain for a long time and other forms of treatment have not helped, osteopathic treatment may be beneficial, although it may require time and patience. The osteopath will look at show your whole-body functions and so be able to reduce strain on the painful area caused by mechanical problems elsewhere.
There are times when it is wise for you to take medication as well as receiving osteopathic treatment. Osteopaths frequently work in close co-operation with your doctor.
Why an Osteopath?
It is the osteopath's comprehensive approach to healthcare that makes treatment unique. Osteopaths do not look on patients simply as back sufferers but as individuals with their own unique requirements for health. Treatment is designed to correct everyone’s mechanical problems to stimulate their own natural healing processes. Osteopaths do not simply treat back problems but look at all the factors contributing to a disturbed state of natural health.
Osteopathy is an established, recognized system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. It is distinctive in the fact that it recognizes much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease.
Osteopathy uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength, however, lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual patient.
When you visit on osteopath for the first time a full case history will be token and you will be given on examination. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements. The osteopath will then use a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body.
The osteopath may need additional investigations such as x-ray or blood tests. This will allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment pion to be developed with you. Osteopathy is patient centered, which means the treatment is geared to you as on individual.