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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the well being of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.

Osteopaths use a range of techniques such as physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension and to help the body heal.

Treatment is comfortable and pain free.

What do Osteopaths do?

The Osteopaths at Isis Chiropractic Centres assess, diagnose and treat a whole range of symptoms and conditions.

What you can expect from your appointment with our Osteopaths:

The Initial Consultation

At your first visit, the osteopath will take a full and detailed medical history and carry out a thorough physical, orthopaedic, neurological examination. Other investigations might also be necessary, such as X-rays or MRI scans which can be organised for you. The consultation takes about 45 minutes.

The purpose of the consultation is to find out what is causing your symptoms, find out if there are any contraindications to treat you, how we need to apply the treatment methods we use to make sure the treatment is going to be effective, comfortable and safe for you.

The physiotherapist will do what is possible to ease your symptoms but it might not be appropriate to treat you directly after the consultation. This will depend on the nature of your problem. If it is appropriate, the physiotherapist will treat you.

The Second Appointment – Report of findings

During the report of findings we will:

  • Explain the findings from the examination
  • Discuss any x-rays or scans and explain the findings.
  • Explain the diagnosis and the treatment plan.

Once all of your questions have been answered and you are happy to start, we commence the treatment. It is important that all of your queries have been answered and that you have a good understanding of your problem. Our patients have found that this helps them achieve better long-term results.

Our osteopaths use a range of techniques such as specific manipulation and manual therapy .This is where the osteopath uses their hands to help relieve pain and stiffness, and to encourage better movement of the body. Our osteopaths will also use a variety of soft tissue and massage techniques as well as using dry needling.

At Isis Chiropractic Centres we also use modalities such as Low Level Laser, Tecar and Shockwave Therapy, these modalities will help aid your recovery.

Follow-up Appointments

The number of treatments required depends on the nature of the condition, how long it has been present and also, importantly, what you want out of the treatment.
If you have been suffering from a recurring problem or have certain indications that puts you at risk from developing a recurrent problem your osteopath will take this in to account when making the treatment plan to give you long-term benefit.

The pain only tells half the story. Just because the pain has eased, it does not mean that the problem is gone. A common mistake is to ignore the problem once the pain is gone, just to find the problem returning all too soon.

Once the pain has settled, further treatments will help to stabilise the vulnerable area and prevent reoccurrences of the problem.
We always suggest a long-term exercise programme to help you stay pain free and improve your overall health.

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