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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an holistic system of diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of body aches, pains and malfunctions. It considers all aspects of a patient’s life, examines many of the body’s systems to assess a patient’s general health and identify any damage, strains or tensions causing the symptoms. 

After osteopathic treatment, your body being more balanced, stress-free and working effectively, it will function with a minimum of wear and tear, and reducing physical exhaustion and disability. 

 
Who can it help?
 
Anyone from infants, children, teenagers, pregnant women, adults to seniors can benefit from Osteopathy.
Children below 16 years old must be accompanied by their parent or a legal guardian.
 
It may help to manage conditions like:
  • General, acute and chronic back pain

  • Joint pain

  • Neck and shoulders pain

  • Muscle spasm

  • Headaches (Tension-Type Headaches, Cervicogenic Headaches and Migraines)

  • Problems affecting the jaw (TMJ pain)

  • Mobility problems

  • Postural disorders

  • Sciatica

  • Neuralgia

  • Tendon and ligament injuries

  • Sports injuries

  • Tennis elbow/Golf elbow

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Osteoarthitis

  • Rheumatic pain 

  • Pregnancy related pain & discomfort

  • Digestive disorders

What can I expect during my first appointment?
  • The osteopathic approach is to treat the body as a whole and not just parts of it, so the more we know about your general health, any recent illnesses, surgical operations or accidents and any emotional stresses, can make it easier to treat the problem thoroughly and effectively. That is why during this initial discussion, your Osteopath will ask you some questions about your complaint, your medical history, general health and lifestyle. Those informations will be correlated with your answers about the pains and symptoms you are seeking help with. 
    We also encourage all our patients to continually ask questions when they are with us because in this way, it builds a strong bond between Osteopath and patient.

     

  • With your consent, your Osteopath will then perform a physical examination thanks to static/dynamic observations, palpation of your body and tests to identify any points of weakness or strain throughout the body.
    It consists in linking your body's imbalances with the root of your pain to establish a diagnosis and a treatment plan.
    In order to facilitate her work, your Osteopath might ask you to remove some clothes. But if you feel uncomfortable with it, please let her know.
    Moreover you are welcome to bring someone with you in the consultation room if it makes you more comfortable.
    If your Osteopath considers that your condition is not appropriate for an osteopathic consultation, she will refer you to your GP or another suitably qualified professional.

     

  • After giving your valid consent, your Osteopath will then proceed to your treatment. It may consist of a range of techniques including deep soft tissue massage, articulation, stretching and gentle manipulation. Our Osteopaths have a background in sports massage and may also incorporate these skills into their treatments. However, to ensure an optimal treatment, your Osteopath uses the most suitable techniques for your wellbeing and relief, with your informed consent.

  • When the osteopathic consultation is over, you will then be given a suitable treatment plan which will include rehabilitation exercises and advice.
    Also it is recommended to avoid sports or physical efforts during the following 48 hours to not interfer with the treatment.
    During this period you may feel tired, want to rest or experience temporary minor discomfort of your symptoms. This is part of your body’s response to the treatment. The full benefit of the treatment will be felt after two or three days. If you are at all concerned please phone your Osteopath.

What should I wear to my appointment?

We recommend wearing shorts and loose-fitting clothing.

We always want you to be comfortable, but keep in mind that your practitioner may need to examine more than just the area of pain.

If you’re still unsure on what to wear to your appointment, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.