Osteopathy is a manual therapy which helps to treat pain throughout the body that has resulted from structural dysfunction. An osteopath examines the interplay between the muscles, joints, fascia and nervous system and will adjust tissue to ease tension, reduce restriction, and improve function. This means that your body can heal much more effectively and quickly. A variety of techniques are used to achieve positive results in osteopathy. There is strong, scientific evidence which supports treatment by osteopaths.

People seek osteopathy for treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as:

Generalised aches and pains

General, acute and chronic back pain

Neck pain

Headaches arising from tension in shoulders and neck, migraine prevention.

Joint problems with hips and knees

Frozen shoulder, elbow pain.

Postural strain issues

Sciatica

Arthritic pain

Minor sports injuries and muscular tension

Osteopathy is a profession governed by statute and regulated by the General Osteopathic Council, this ensures that practitioners have achieved the high standards required in training and maintain their skills with regular continuing professional development.

What to expect

Your initial consultation will be up to an hour long. This enables plenty of time to understand what’s going on for you, a medical history is taken and a physical examination will obtain a working diagnosis. If you require further examination by a doctor then this will be advised to you. Your initial consultation includes appropriate treatment.

Your follow-up appointments are shorter, as this includes a quick review since your last session and then treatment.

You may be asked to remove relevant clothing to enable an accurate assessment to take place.

Further information

www.osteopathy.org

www.osteopathy.org.uk

Should I see an osteopath, chiropractor or physiotherapist?

This is a common question. Most people seek out a practitioner who is recommended to them, so a personal experience with one or another often determines who you might seek out (we can change this too – At Back to Balance we strive to create a personal experience that is focused on your recovery/wellness).

However, osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists all diagnose and treat the same musculoskeletal conditions. The difference may be the techniques and approach used.

Osteopathy is a fully hands on approach to treatment which utilises both soft tissue work as well as joint manipulation (adjustments), which makes treatment gentle and effective. Stretches, exercises and advice may also be given to help you progress to wellness.

What to expect

Your initial consultation will be up to an hour long. This enables plenty of time to understand what’s going on for you, a medical history is taken and a physical examination will obtain a working diagnosis. If you require further examination by a doctor then this will be advised to you. Your initial consultation includes appropriate treatment.

Your follow-up appointments are shorter, as this includes a quick review since your last session and then treatment.

You may be asked to remove relevant clothing to enable an accurate assessment to take place.

Further information

www.iosteopathy.org

www.osteopathy.org.uk

Should I see an osteopath, chiropractor or physiotherapist?

This is a common question. Most people seek out a practitioner who is recommended to them, so a personal experience with one or another often determines who you might seek out (we can change this too – At Back to Balance we strive to create a personal experience that is focused on your recovery/wellness).

However, osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists all diagnose and treat the same musculoskeletal conditions. The difference may be the techniques and approach used.

Osteopathy is a fully hands on approach to treatment which utilises both soft tissue work as well as joint manipulation (adjustments), which makes treatment gentle and effective. Stretches, exercises and advice may also be given to help you progress to wellness.

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