Osteopathy is a physical therapy that treats a variety of musculoskeletal conditions such as:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Spinal pain
- Joint problems
The osteopath will take a full case history of the patient including the presenting complaint, current and past medical history and conduct a detailed assessment of patients before deciding on a treatment plan, which is discussed and agreed with by the patient. Treatment is usually a hands on approach and may involve techniques such as stretching, soft tissue massage, mobilisation and joint manipulation.
The main aim is to improve function and mobility of the relevant part of the body, and in doing so relieve pain and facilitate the recovery of mechanical conditions. Appointments last 30 minutes. Most insurers accept osteopathic treatment. Check with your insurance policy if a GP or Consultant referral is required prior to making an appointment. Self-paying patients do not need a GP referral to make an appointment.