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Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual therapy that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing musculoskeletal disorders, visceral complaints and neuro disorders and other health related issues.
They consider the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, circulatory system, and other body systems as interrelated and interdependent. It is based on the principle that the body has the ability to self-heal and self-regulate if its structure is balanced and functioning optimally.
During an osteopathic consultation, the osteopath will typically conduct a comprehensive assessment, which may include taking a detailed medical history, performing physical examinations, and observing the patient's posture and movement patterns. Osteopaths use their hands to assess the muscles, joints, organs, fascia to identify any dysfunctions or imbalances.
Osteopaths use a variety of manual techniques, to different parts of the body, such as the muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and fascia, with the goal of improving overall mobility, reducing pain, and promoting optimal functioning. In addition to manual therapy, osteopaths also take into account lifestyle factors, such as nutrition, exercise, and stress management, as these can have an impact on the body's overall health and well-being.
In addition to manual therapy, osteopaths also take into account lifestyle factors, such as nutrition, exercise, and stress management, as these can have an impact on the body's overall health and well-being.
What to expect during Osteopathy session?
1. Assessment: The osteopath will begin by conducting a thorough assesment of your past medical history/complaints,any symptoms or health concerns, ask you about any falls, accidents, injury/impacts, trauma.
2. Physical Examination: The osteopath will then perform a physical examination, mobility tests, which may involve observing your posture, assessing your range of motion, and palpating different areas of your body to identify areas of tension or restriction.
3. Diagnosis: Based on the assessment and examination, the osteopath will provide you with a diagnosis or an understanding of the underlying issues contributing to your symptoms. They will explain their findings and discuss the proposed treatment plan with you.
4. Treatment Techniques: Osteopathy treatments are hands-on and aim to restore balance and improve the body's natural healing abilities. The osteopath may use a variety of techniques, such as soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilization, stretching, fascia release, visceral manipulation /cranio sacral therapy. These techniques are usually gentle and tailored to your specific needs and comfort level.
5. Education and Advice: Osteopaths often advice regarding lifestyle modifications, exercises, and self-care techniques to support your recovery and prevent future issues. They may suggest changes in ergonomics, posture, or daily habits, nutrition and stress management to promote optimal health.
6. Follow-up: Depending on your condition, the osteopath may recommend follow-up sessions to monitor your progress and make further adjustments to the treatment plan.