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WHAT CONDITIONS DO YOU TREAT?generalised aches and pains joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise arthritic pain general, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident) uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash) headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions circulatory problems, cramp digestion problems joint pains lumbago sciatica muscle spasms neuralgia fibromyalgia inability to relax rheumatic pain minor sports injuries and tensions
WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?Osteopathy is a patient-centred system of healthcare. A first appointment generally lasts about 45 minutes to an hour to allow the Osteopath adequate time to: Listen and ask questions about your problem, your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking, and record this in your case notes. The information you provide will be confidential. Examine you properly. The Osteopath will likely ask you to remove some of your clothing. Tell your Osteopath if you are uncomfortable about this. You should expect privacy to undress, and a gown or towel should be provided. You can ask a friend or relative to accompany you and be present throughout your treatment. The Osteopath will ask you to make simple movements and stretches to observe your posture and mobility. Because of the body’s structure, the pain or stiffness you are experiencing in one part may be linked to a problem elsewhere. Examine the health of the joints, tissues and ligaments using their hands and a highly developed sense of touch called palpation. Your Osteopath will also check for signs of serious conditions they cannot treat and may advise you to see your GP or go to the hospital. They should provide you with a letter explaining what they believe to be the problem.
HOW DO YOU DIAGNOSE AND TREAT CONDITIONS?Osteopathy specialises in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders. Your Osteopath will give you a clear explanation of what they find (their diagnosis) and discuss a treatment plan that is suitable for you. They will explain the benefits and risks of the treatment they recommend. It is important to understand and agree on what the treatment can achieve and the likely number of sessions needed for a noticeable improvement in how you feel. Treatment is hands-on and involves skilled manipulation of the spine and joints and massage of soft tissues. Your Osteopath will explain what they are doing and will always ask your permission to treat you (known as consent). Ask questions anytime if you are unsure what you have been told or have any concerns. Self-help measures and advice on exercise may be offered to assist your recovery and prevent the recurrence or worsening of symptoms.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL?Most patients 'self refer' to an osteopath for treatment. You can use the statutory Register of osteopaths on this website to find local osteopaths. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, you are encouraged to keep your GP fully informed, so that your medical records are current and complete. This will ensure you receive the best possible care from both health professionals. With your permission, your osteopath may send a report to your GP with details of your condition and treatment. You can also request a letter for your employer if this is helpful.
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