A short video explaining who Osteopaths are and what we can offer

Our first meeting

The focus of our meeting is to understand why you are suffering with aches and pains. A detailed case history will be taken which will look at you as a person, your reported aches and pains and to screen your general health to be sure you are fit and healthy.

 

A thorough examination will then take place where you will be asked to run through certain movements which may ease or increase your symptoms. It is also important to understand how your body works when it is not being challenged, and this is perfomed lying down or sitting. Essentially, your ability to perform certain movements is being assessed which will give your Osteopath the ability to effectively diagnose, treat and manage your pain.

 

Once these findings have been collected, it will all be explained to you in detail so you fully understand the reasons for your pain and how we are going to get you better.

 

Treatment can involve various soft tissue massage and stretching techniques, gentle joint articulation and manipulation, dry needling, ultra sound and kinesio taping. These will be discussed with you as to what you are comfortable with and what would be most effective in your recovery.

 

An important part of rehabilitation is to give you exercises to perform at home so you can continue on the path to recovery.

Follow up consultation

After our first meeting and treatment it will be important to catch up on your progress. You may have experienced the common 24-48 hour stiffness following treatment but your progression is very important. A follow up on the exercises prescribed will be talked about and how they affect your aches and pains.

 

A brief re-examination will be carried out to see how they compare to our initial consultation and whether there have been objective and subjective improvements to your symptoms and function. Treatment will then continue as you improve.

 

Further exercises may be given to help your body recover faster.

Strength rehabilitation

Once your symptoms have eased and your body is both more mobile and flexible, the strength rehabilitation will be eased into your exercise programme. Depending on your level of activity, exercises will be advised upon, commonly starting with fundamentals and then progressing to more functional movements.

 

Another benefit of strength rehabilitation is to help prevent re-injury in the future as your body will not only be more agile but more stable.

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