Osteopathy is whole body, manual treatment. It is based on strengthening and balancing the musculoskeletal framework (including spine, muscles and joints). The treatment does not just focus on one isolated area. If one area of the body is in pain or restricted, it will impact the rest of the body. Osteopathic treatment works on restoring balance to all the systems of the body, for overall health and wellbeing. With positive effects on not only the musculoskeletal system, but also the lymphatic, nervous, and circulatory systems.
The technique is non-invasive and does not use drugs. The primary goal is minimising pain and reducing body stress. From there, osteopathy aims to provide a person with greater mobility so the body can begin to heal itself.
What you can Expect from an Osteopathy Session
Your Osteopathy session will begin with the practitioner asking you questions about your current state and also your medical and physical history. They may ask you to remove some outer layers of clothing and request that you do some simple movements so they can observe how your body is moving and where any stiffness and difficulties are occurring.
The treatment itself will involve gentle hands-on techniques including mobilisation and manipulation of joints, soft tissue stretching and deep tactile pressure.
Your osteopath may refer you for blood tests or X-rays to assist with or confirm diagnosis. They may also refer you to another health professional (GP, or other allied health professional) if your condition required further assistance.
The first session takes around 45 minutes and your osteopath will discuss your diagnosis with you and suggest a treatment program.