What is Osteopathy and What to expect during a treatment?

What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is based on the philosophy that structure governs function. If the body’s structure is correct, then it can function at optimal health.
The main objective of osteopathy is to improve the body’s structure in order to normalise its function. To do this, hands-on techniques are used – such as soft-tissue massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation, and myofascial stretching .

What to expect?
During your first consultation we will ask about your symptoms and medical history. We’ll then conduct a full osteopathic examination, which may involve diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests – as well as postural assessments. As part of the examination we might ask you to do some movements – like lifting an arm or bending over.

It’s important that you feel comfortable, so you might want to wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts to change into. Depending on the ailment, you may need to strip down to your underwear.

During the consultation we will provide education and advice to help you manage your condition – including exercises for you to do at home.

Some people experience slight tenderness after a treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, please call us to discuss.