Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy:

Osteopathy is a safe and effective form of prevention, diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of health issues. People commonly visit osteopaths for musculoskeletal conditions, such as back, neck, joint, muscle and arthritic discomfort. Osteopaths have a well-deserved, evidence-based reputation for expertise in the treatment of these conditions. People also visit osteopaths for a variety of other health reasons including neuromuscular conditions such as sciatica, ‘trapped nerves’ and headaches.

Osteopaths are highly trained healthcare professionals who are experts in the musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles and associated tissues) and its relationship to other systems of the body, to keep you as healthy as you can be. Osteopathy is a regulated profession and so all our osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). We see people of all ages from babies to the elderly and everyone in between, including pregnant women and elite athletes. You do not need to consult your GP before you visit an osteopath, although you can if you wish.

What to expect:

All of our Maidstone and Rainham/Medway based Osteopaths are highly skilled professionals who are trained in diagnosing health issues, including those which may require further investigation. When you first visit, we will ask about your current symptoms and medical history. All information will be treated as confidential in accordance with the standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), May 2018. It is natural in most circumstances to worry about your symptoms and the cause. You can be confident that we will always complete a routine examination that checks for more serious diagnoses and will advise and discuss with you any further action that might be required.

After this examination, we will discuss your treatment options and you will then jointly decide an appropriate and suitable treatment plan, and the likely associated costs. This plan may involve several visits and, very occasionally, further tests and/or referrals to another appropriate health care professional.

The assessment:

As part of your consultation your osteopath will examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort and may undertake tests such as taking your blood pressure or testing your reflexes. It may be necessary for us to ask you to remove some clothing, so that they can assess the areas of the body causing concern. If you are uncomfortable undressing to your underwear, you can bring with you clothing such as shorts, t-shirt or close-fitting garments, that will enable us to work effectively without making you feel uncomfortable.

We will feel for changes in your muscles and joints and examine these areas to identify problems. We may also assess your posture and the way you move. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, so they may examine your whole body.

Your treatment:

Osteopathic care from our Rainham & Maidstone clinics is based on the individual needs of the patient and so varies depending on your age, fitness levels and diagnosis. We use a wide range of gentle hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. These are often used together with exercise and helpful advice designed to help you relieve or manage your pain, keep active and maintain the best of health.

The health risks associated with having osteopathic treatment are extremely low. If you have any concerns about your treatment, we encourage you to raise them with us and we will be happy to discuss them with you.

Your treatment may begin at your first appointment. You may experience mild discomfort afterwards, but in most cases, this will pass within 24 hours. If you have any concerns about your treatment you are encouraged to discuss them further with us. If you wish, you are more than welcome to bring someone with you to your consultation.

 

Please  also see our Massage Therapy or Reflexology pages to see how they might help you too. Or see our treatment charges here.

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