Treatment: What to expect
Treatment usually consists of one or more of the following approaches::
- Massage to relax muscle and improve blood flow and tissue health.
- Stretching to restore normal tissue length and structure.
- Muscle energy techniques to release muscle tension.
- Rhythmic articulation and joint manipulation to restore joint mobility.
We need your consent to provide treatment and you should understand what we are saying and doing to be able to make an informed decision. Please feel free to ask questions about your treatment at any time.
We aim to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Some patients may experience soreness with the massage or manipulation techniques, however many often report this to be a 'good pain' or 'just what it needs'. After treatment there may be some soreness as the body adjusts itself. If you have any concerns at the time or after treatment please let us know.
You may be given exercises to do at home and also advice on posture, diet and lifestyle if these are factors relevant to your condition. Osteopathy supports your body's natural self healing ability and the exercises and advice are an important part of this process.
How you respond to treatment will depend on a variety of factors including age, tissue health, and how long you have had the problem. Normally we would expect to see considerable improvement within two to six treatments, although sometimes a single treatment is sufficient.