Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO YOU QUALIFY AS AN OSTEOPATH?
Anyone wishing to call themselves an Osteopath must have completed a course that is recognized by the General Osteopathic Council. Most colleges require the applicant to complete a four-year full time Masters Degree which includes modules such as Anatomy & Physiology, Orthopedics & Rheumatology, Clinical nutrition, Pharmacology, and Psychology.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST SESSION?
During your first treatment session we will ask you questions about your symptoms such as when they first started and what you were doing at the time. Details about your lifestyle, occupation, daily activities and hobbies are also helpful. After that we will perform an examination which may include postural analysis and testing of your muscles and joints. We may ask you to perform a few simple movements to better understand where the problem is.
It may be necessary to remove clothing around the symptomatic area. If you would feel more comfortable, please bring shorts or a vest to wear during the treatment session. Parental consent and chaperones are required for all patients under 16. If we decide that treatment is inappropriate for you at this point then a referral will be made with your consent to the appropriate consultant.
Personal training sessions will begin with assessing the quality and quantity of your movement patterns, along with performing a body composition analysis. We will then lead you through a warm-up activity, followed by a series of exercises so that you get a feel for what any subsequent sessions will entail. We will conclude with a cooling down period and a discussion of when and how often the sessions will be.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING EACH TREATMENT SESSION?
We apply a wide variety of techniques and interventions in an effort to relieve your pain and improve your overall function and movement. These may include:
- Movement of your muscles and joints
- Sports taping of certain areas
- Dry needling
- Joint manipulation and/or mobilisation
- Rehabilitative exercises & stretches
HOW LONG WILL EACH SESSION LAST?
The initial Osteopathic consultation takes up to 45min and follow-up treatments take 30 minutes. Usually 2-5 treatments are needed depending on the problem. Many patients decide that they would like to have preventative treatment to avoid recurring problems. Personal training sessions will last for either 30min or 1hour.