What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a primary health care system, complementary to other medical practices. It is suitable for almost anyone and can contribute to the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions. Osteopaths primarily work through the neuro-musculoskeletal system, mostly on muscles and joints, using holistic and patient-centered approaches.

A core principle behind osteopathy is the idea that the body is an integrated and inseparable whole, and contains self-healing mechanisms that can be utilized as part of the treatment. No part of the body works, or can be considered, in isolation. Relevant psychological and social factors also form part of the process of patient diagnosis.

The key tools for osteopathic diagnosis include listening to the patient’s history, examining muscles and joints and observing movements. A wide range of non-invasive manual techniques such as deep tissue massage, joint articulation and manipulation are applied therapeutically. Osteopaths strongly believe in the healing power of the body and do their best to aid that strength.

Osteopaths treat the person rather than specific disorder – for example, an injury to your knee might also affect the foot, hip and spine. Osteopathy can help relieve the symptoms of a range of conditions, including:

•aches and pains
•joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis in association with other treatment for this condition
•arthritic pain
•general, acute and chronic backache and back pain
•neck pain
•headache arising from the neck
•shoulder and elbow pain
•joint pains and lumbago
•muscle spasms
•sports injuries and tensions

What happens on the first visit?

The first time you visit Apollo, you will be asked to come a few minutes early to fill in some forms. This paperwork will consist of a health history form and a clinic policies form. After that, the practitioner will come and get you from the waiting area and you will head to the treatment area, which will be either a room or a cubicle.

The Osteopath will go over your health history with you, and then perform a comprehensive assessment. They will look at your posture, range of motion in different joints, and execute other tests specific to your particular issues. After the assessment, the Osteopath will include some treatment (manual therapy, stretching, or other osteopathic techniques), and may assign you some exercises to perform at home.

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