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What is Oesteopathy?
Osteopathy is a highly effective system of manual medicine that focuses primarily on the musculo-skeletal system. Osteopaths work to rebalance the structure and function of the body, not simply treating the presenting problem but looking holistically at all the factors contributing to the body’s state of disturbed health.
Treatment will aim to relieve pain, improve function and promote healing. It will also help to reduce the likelihood of the problem recurring. The osteopath will explain their findings so you understand why your body is not healing of its own accord.
What happens in my first osteopathic consultation
Case History - The practitioner will ask many questions about the presenting problem, your past medical history, medication, general health, diet and lifestyle.
Examination - A thorough, and sympathetic osteopathic examination that will often include orthopaedic and neurological testing.
Diagnosis & Treatment Plan - The practitioner will discuss with you his findings and how many treatments will be needed to achieve complete resolution.
Treatment - Your first treatment and the start of recovery and healing, you are going to feel great!
Advice and Management - Exercise or stretching prescription as appropriate.
Do I need to get undressed?
It is not necessary to get undressed. It is advisable to wear loose fitting clothing as often the practitioner will need to look at your spine.
Can a partner or friend be present?
Yes a partner or friend can be present. Please note that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Will the treatment be painful?
Osteopathic treatment is gentle. It should not irritate or increase your pain. The practitioner will ask for your consent prior to treatment and encourage you to give feedback throughout the treatment.
Are you ACC registered?
Yes, we are ACC registered. This means that you do not need a referral to see an Osteopath.
Should I exercise following treatment?
Great question! I get this one all the time, probably because everyone is feeling so free and nimble after having a treatment!! If you exercise, will you undo all the work done from your appointment?
What I tell my patients, is to stay away from vigourous exercise especially any pounding exercises like running. The reason for this is that the body needs time to integrate the treatment before you place a lot of stress upon it.
Think of it this way, when you have treatment, you are realigning your stucture, giving it a chance to learn how to move correctly again. Weight bearing may be shifted slightly from the front to the back, or from side to side. Changes in how you move are noticed not only in joints, and the increased pressure they may now take, but also in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Every piece of YOU is going to stretch, take new load, and have pressure redistributed. This can create pain, even if you do nothing! Patients can experience discomfort for the first 24-72 hours with no activity.
Patients have asked me if they should run after treatment and becuase of the above explanation I say no. So, they go anyway, which is what many runners tend to do. Then, when I see them next time and they say that they were surprised by how sore they were after their run and much worse the next day, I just remind of the importance of REST! And of course, many say they won’t do that again, which of course, isn’t true. But that’s ok, it all works out in the end. All this isn’t to say I don’t like people to be active, I would just like you to pick a more gentle activity for a few days. Do something slow and gentle, allowing your body to accept the changes to its biomechanics. Try Hatha yoga, a stretching class from a rec centre, a swim, or a walk by the water. You can resume your hard core crossfit power yoga bootcamp tony horton tough mudder ultramarathon training the next day…if that sounds appealing.
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