What does the treatment involve?
During your first osteopathy session, the osteopath will ask about your symptoms, general health and any other medical care you're receiving before carrying out a physical examination.
Osteopathy isn't usually painful, although it's not unusual to feel sore or stiff in the first few days after treatment, particularly if you're having treatment for a painful or inflamed injury.
Treatment is individually tailored for each patient and, depending upon your progress, may alter between sessions.
Treatment normally involves a variety of gentle joint manipulations, articulations and soft tissue massage techniques that are appropriate to your age, fitness and diagnosis.
- soft tissue massage – to release and relax muscles
- stretching stiff joints
- articulation – where your joints are moved through their natural range of motion
- high-velocity thrusts – short, sharp movements to the spine, which normally produce a clicking noise similar to cracking your knuckles
What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?