Osteopathy is a patient-centered system of healthcare. A first appointment generally lasts longer that subsequent appointments, to allow the osteopath adequate time to listen and ask questions about your problem, your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking and record this in your case notes. The information you will provide will be confidential.
Following a review by CAP of the Bronfort et al Review in 2010, CAP accepts that osteopaths may claim to help a variety of medical conditions, including:
• generalised aches and pains,
• joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
• arthritic pain,
• general, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
• uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
• headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention
• frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
• circulatory problems,
• digestion problems,
• joint pains, lumbago,
• muscle spasms,
• inability to relax,
• rheumatic pain,
• minor sports injuries and tensions.
It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. The osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan.
Due to the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore or stiff in the first 24-48 hours after treatment. Your osteopath will explain any likely reactions that you could expect. If you have any concerns, it is import to contact the osteopath and ask their advice.