Osteopathy is a system of healing that deals with the structure of the body – the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and general connective tissues. It is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together. Osteopathy is a manual treatment to detect, treat and prevent health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints.

How does it work?

Osteopathy is based on the belief that much of the pain and distress we experience originate from difficulties in our body’s day to day functioning and the damage caused to it by disease. Treatment can include soft tissue massage or joint manipulation.  Attention to individual needs is of primary importance. Osteopaths believe their treatments allow the body to heal itself. They use a range of techniques but do not use drugs or surgery.

What will happen in the session?

The initial consultation will take approximately 45 minutes. This will include taking a detailed case history, including general medical health, specific symptoms and other related details. The Osteopath will conduct a thorough physical examination when an assessment will be made on a mechanical, functional and postural basis to reach diagnosis and plan the appropriate treatment for future sessions. Occasionally treatment can be provided and is successful at the first session. Further osteopathic treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.

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