FAQS

FAQS

WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?

Osteopathy is a discipline of manual therapy that treats musculoskeletal issues with the body but has different approaches to diagnosis and treatment. Qualified osteopaths are fully trained medical professionals who are skilled in examination and diagnosis, this may include issues which may not be musculoskeletal in nature and may require referral to your GP. They are primary care practitioners who will do a full medical history followed by a full body examination to reach a working diagnosis. Once we have done this we will use a wide range of physical treatments depending on your diagnosis, age and fitness. Your treatment wiil be specially tailored to you as a patient to best help your recovery.

Treatment differs for nearly every patient and may include different types of techniques such as soft tissue massage to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints. They may also use joint articulation when moving joints and you may hear a ‘click’. This is similar the click you may hear when you crack your knuckles. We also give advice on exercise, diet and posture to help the patient outside of treatment in their daily lives.

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WHO CAN SEE AN OSTEOPATH?

Osteopathy is for everyone. This includes adults, children, elderly people, and pregnant women. We see and treat people from all walks of life, be it manual workers, office professionals and sports people.

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I HAVE BACK PAIN, CAN OSTEOPATHS HELP ME?

Yes we can. Osteopathy is recommended for treating back pain by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE Guidelines). Osteopaths have extensive knowledge of anatomy and how it functions, particularly in the spine. It stands to reason that they will therefore have a deep understanding of spinal injuries/conditions and how to treat them to get the best results. We know how much of an impact it can have on your life; trust us to help you get back to living pain free!

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I HAVE JOINT PAIN, CAN OSTEOPATHS HELP ME?

Yes we can. Osteopaths have a lot of knowledge and experience in treating joint pains/issues due to their extensive training. They will also look for the underlying cause of the pain so that they can treat the source, not just the symptoms.

For example, Staying in a poor slumped posture for long periods of time can cause lower back pain. Getting a treatment every now and then may help the pain temporarily, but unless you change your posture you will most likely continue to experience the same pain or injuries for years on end.

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR FIRST VISIT?

The first consultation lasts 60 minutes. Your Osteopath will ask you relevant questions to take a detailed case history about your current complaint such as when it started and how it affects you in your everyday life. Your Osteopath will also ask for information about your general health, past history of any illnesses, accidents and operations that you have suffered in the past and any other significant areas of your health. Please provide any info of any medication you are taking and the results of any recent special medical tests.

The next step would be full body examination and then treatment when appropriate. Your Osteopath will examine your body by assessing your standing posture and how your spine and other joints move whilst also assessing the muscles, ligaments and connective tissues for their general health state. This is how we reach a diagnosis and decide how best to treat you as a person, not just a patient, by ‘tuning in’ to your current state of health state. Any other tests such as reflexes or blood pressure may be performed to screen for any silent health issues that may exist. If indicated your osteopath can refer you to your doctor or A&E for further tests.

Your osteopath will discuss their findings with you, and outline a treatment plan. Where possible they will try to give you an idea of how long the treatment will take. You may be given advice about diet and lifestyle or exercises so that you can help aid the treatment outside the sessions.

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WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

The Osteopath will need to examine the whole length of the spine so we suggest that patients bring shorts to change into. Women may like to wear a strap top. The Osteopath will also check the arches in your feet so you will be required to take your shoes and socks off.

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WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY?

Any information provided by you during the consultation and treatment is completely confidential. If you have any questions please ask at anytime during the examination or treatment. If at any point during the examination or treatment you wish to stop the session just let the osteopath know.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER TREATMENTS?

After treatment between 10-20% of patients experience some soreness after treatment, this usually reduces within 24-48 hours. If you have any concerns please telephone for advice or if necessary the follow-up appointment can be brought forward.

For more information about our services or to book an appointment please email info@intuneclinic.co.uk or call 07717 063214.

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