• Christina Hellmann

What Is Osteopathy?

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopaths are healthcare professionals. We are specifically trained in diagnosing health issues and treat musculoskeletal problems that occur due to various injuries, stresses or disease. The body always strives to work as efficiently as possible. Osteopathic treatment is designed to help your body return to a natural state of balance so that you can live as pain free as possible.

In the UK, Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council. To become an Osteopath, we are trained for a minimum of four years to degree level, including over 1000 hours of contact time with patients in our training clinics.

Osteopathy can be beneficial for people of all ages from new born babies to the elderly. Osteopathy has shown to be beneficial for people suffering with:

  • Generalised aches and pains

  • Arthritic pain

  • Sciatica

  • Muscle spasms

  • Headache arising from the neck

  • Migraine prevention

  • General, acute and chronic back pain

  • Circulatory problems

  • Cramp

  • Digestion problems

  • Joint pains

  • Neuralgia

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Rheumatic pain

What to expect in your first appointment

At the start of your first appointment, I will take a thorough case history. This will involve asking you questions about your symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. This information is very important as it will allow me to make an accurate diagnosis and form a tailor made treatment plan suitable for you. I will then need to examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort. I will be looking for any tightness in the muscles or stiffness in the joints and may need to touch these areas to identify any problems.

What to wear

I may need to see the areas of your body that are causing you discomfort so it may be necessary to remove some clothing during your appointment. It is very important that you feel comfortable and at ease during your appointment. If you feel uncomfortable undressing to your underwear, you are more than welcome to wear shorts and a t-shirt instead.

Your treatment

After I have made a diagnosis, I will form a treatment plan which is tailor-made for you, your lifestyle and your current symptoms. After you are happy with the treatment plan, treatment normally begins in the first session. I may use different techniques such as gentle hands on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising the joints. You may also be given some stretching or simple exercises to do at home along with some helpful advice to help you relieve/manage your pain and keep you active.

Is treatment painful?

Osteopathic techniques are usually very gentle and I will work very hard to make your treatment as painless as possible. Some people experience some mild discomfort after treatment but this will normally resolve within 24-48 hours. You are very welcome to bring someone with you to your appointment.

If you are unsure whether osteopathy is suitable for you or you have any questions, please contact me with any concerns. Alternatively check out my website at FAQ page for more information.