Your questions answered
Osteopaths’ patients include the young, the more mature person, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, shoulder/neck pain, knee, ankle pain, repetitive strain injuries, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and most sports injuries.
The number of sessions you need depends on the condition and person we are treating. The aim is to keep your appointments to a minimum. Your osteopath will usually be able to tell you by the second treatment the number of treatments that are likely to be required and this will be discussed with you after the diagnosis has been explained at your initial assessment.
it is a condition in which feel snapping sensation or hear a popping sound in your hip when you walk, get up or swing your legs. In most cases, snapping hip is the result of tightness in the muscles and tendons surrounding the hip, causing them to move over a bony protrusion in your hip. Dancers and young athletes are more vulnerable to this condition.
Some of the symptoms of snapping hip syndrome may include:
- Reduced hip mobility
- Tightness in the hip
- Swelling in the hip
- Weakness in the leg
Unless snapping hip syndrome is painful or lead to difficulty in doing sports or other activities, most people do not see a doctor.
According to NICE guideline, if the conservative options fail to provide improvement in the symptoms, physical therapy with emphasis on stretching, strengthening can help. Sometimes, your doctor may recommend corticosteroid injection depending on the cause of the snapping hip. In rare cases, doctors may consider surgery.
Your osteopath will tell you what to expect post treatment. You may feel a little stiff or sore after treatment but this is not unusual, however this will quickly subside (usually within 24/48 hours)
This is a normal, healthy response to the treatment.
Osteopathy is a very safe & effective form of treatment & most patients feel substantially better after having treatment.
These three therapies are quite similar, but there can be some overlap between the disciplines. One common goal is to reduce a patient’s pain, this is achieved by improving the patients structure and function. Each therapy has its own philosophies and treatment approaches so that these common aims are achieved.
Chiropractors are fairly similar to Osteopaths, their philosophy is that everything needs a good nerve supply where as osteopathy suggests that all body function is in harmony with a good blood supply! However Chiropractors do seem to manipulate the spine more whereas Osteopaths do seem to use a greater range of techniques, not only manipulation. Such techniques involving stretching, massage, articulation (mobilisation). Most Chiropractors work on 10-15 minute consultations whereas osteopaths generally work on 30-40 minute appointments, this normally results in less frequent treatments.
As a general rule Physiotherapist are less hands on compared to Osteopaths and Chiropractors. Treatment is based on using more machines such as ultrasound, laser therapy and interferential. They do allocate exercises to do at home as do Osteopaths and Chiropractors.
Osteopathy is a holistic approach treating the whole body, the underlying cause and not just the symptoms.
To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, all osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered. The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.
Osteopaths are required to update their training throughout their working lives. They must complete at least 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development per year.
You can wear whatever you are comfortable!
In your initial examination, your osteopath may ask you to get undressed to your underwear to get a better overview of your spine & posture.
If you feel uncomfortable with this, we are happy assess you through your clothing.