Osteopathy is an established recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body.
Osteopaths use a holistic approach and aim to remedy the root cause of symptoms, thereby ensuring, not only a long term result but also creating better health for the patient.
Osteopaths are trained to recognise and treat many causes of pain. We use our hands to discover the underlying causes of pain and use many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis.
The main strength of Osteopathy lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural stand point and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual patient.
Osteopaths’ patients include the young, the elderly, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Osteopathy is most associated with the treatment of low back and neck pain. However, many other conditions can be successfully treated with osteopathic treatment.
The first appointment at Ipswich Osteopathy lasts approximately 45 minutes.
We begin the consultation with an in-depth discussion about your presenting complaint(s), as well as questions about your general health, lifestyle and past medical history. Any information you have about medication you are taking, results of medical tests, scans or x-rays is useful.
We will then examine you by observing your posture and asking you to perform a series of movements and tests in order to evaluate your body’s mobility. To aid examination, you may be asked to remove some of your clothing. If you feel uncomfortable about this, you may bring a pair of shorts and a t-shirt to change into before your assessment.
Dependant on the case history, other medical, orthopaedic or neurological testing may also be carried out. We will use palpation, a highly developed sense of touch, to assess areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain within your body and also perform various passive movements to your joints.
Once the examination is completed, and in conjunction with all the other information that has been gathered, your osteopath forms a diagnosis which he will explain to you in detail using models, pictures and diagrams to aid your understanding.
We will give you an indication of how many treatments you are likely to need and how long it will take to improve your condition. If there is concern about the presence of a more serious underlying condition, or if osteopathic treatment is not indicated, you will be referred to the most appropriate specialist/doctor for help and/or further investigations.
In most cases, some sort of treatment will be started on your first visit. Subsequent visits last between 30-45 minutes.
Techniques used include rhythmic joint movements, muscle release techniques and manipulation using short quick movements to spinal and or other joints of the body. Depending on your complaint other techniques may be used.
During your consultations you will be given practical advice about posture, ergonomics, diet, exercise and potential aggravating factors in your everyday life, to help you manage your condition.