AN IN DEPTH LOOK AT OUR TREATMENTS
To give you a better understanding of exactly what is involved in a treatment, let’s step through it.
Osteopaths are trained to treat all the muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments in all areas of the body. Anything in the musculoskeletal system is right up our alley! Some of the more common conditions we treat in the clinic include:
- Low back pain
- Neck and postural pain
- Overuse type injuries
- Shoulder, hip and knee pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Sporting injuries
Depending on what you come in with, we will ask various questions about your presenting complaint. As an example, “when did you first notice the pain come on?”, “Have you had this before?”, “What helps or makes it worse?” These questions allow us to clarify the specific injury you have and will help us to diagnose your condition.
This is followed by an examination which involves performing some movements to find out the tissues that are restricted or contributing to the problem. Special orthopedic tests as also carried out giving us more insight into which tissues are involved.
Osteopaths take a holistic approach to treatment, so your osteopath may look at other areas of your body, including the ones that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore knee, we may also look at your ankle, hips and lower back in order to gain an understanding of what else may be contributing to your injury.
Then comes the fun bit… Treatment!!! Osteopaths use a variety of techniques including:
- Soft tissue massage
- Joint mobilisation
- Joint articulation
- Joint manipulation
- Dry needling
- Shockwave therapy
Lastly, we provide every new client with an individual management plan which details your diagnosis, how much treatment you will need and how long you can expect recovery to take. We may provide you with stretches or exercises to do at home to aid your recovery, or advice on lifestyle factors such as posture. We believe knowledge is power so the more you know about your injury, the better your long term outcome.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of what is involved in Osteopathy consultation and how we treat the body.