Because of the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore 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 important to contact the osteopath and ask their advice. 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.
…focuses on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. Consequently, treatment focuses on your structure and functioning to improve how everything works. Osteopaths can diagnose, refer for imaging, read reports from imaging and refer a patient privately to see a consultant in most cases. Osteopaths can manipulate joints just like a chiropractor but their holistic approach means that they do not just treat backs and necks.
An Osteopath can treat your joints, muscles and nerve pain throughout your body from headaches caused by neck pain right down to your feet as well as elbow pain, Achilles tendon pain, plantar fasciitis, back pain and much more. Your osteopath will also help with rehabilitation and prescribe exercises to help with recovery. In addition, if you osteopath has qualified to use acupuncture needles these can be used as part of your treatment plan with your consent.
…involves specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other joint areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound and exercise.
(British chiropractic association. https://chiropractic-uk.co.uk/what-is-chiropractic-care/ 2019)
It is important to understand that neither chiropractic nor osteopathy are simply ‘complementary therapies’; they are formal clinical disciplines, born from the practise of medicine. Both osteopaths and chiropractors are regulated by law and have to be registered with their regulatory council.
Physio’s help people affected by injury, illness or disability through exercise, advice and education. They normally recommend movement and exercise to help mobility. The aim of physiotherapy is to rehabilitate and improve a person’s ability to move and function.
Generally, your treatment shouldn’t hurt and be quite gentle. However, when dysfunction is being worked through it can sometimes feel uncomfortable. It is not uncommon for your body to notice treatment has happened over the following 24 hours as your body adjusts itself to recover from what was wrong.
It is helpful if your osteopath can see the area of the body that is a cause for concern and so yes, it is helpful. However, you will only be asked to undress to your under wear. Please do feel free to wear sports shorts and ask your osteopath if you would prefer not to undress.
No. An Osteopath cannot prescribe. However, an Osteopath as part of their training learns pharmacology and so they are very familiar with many prescribed medicines for a wealth of conditions.
Yes, they can. Many do and it will always be privately. Frome Osteopathic clinic refers to two imaging centres and the price for an MRI ranges from £200 to £240 as an estimate.
No, you can self-refer and make the appointment yourself
This will depend on your presenting complaint, how acute or chronic your condition is and the treatment plan the Osteopath explains to you once they have seen you.