An Osteopath takes a ‘holistic’ approach (‘whole person’ focus) to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of their patients. Osteopaths are not only interested in relieving your pain, but also focus on trying to improve your overall levels of general health and fitness.
Diagnosing your Condition
After completing a full medical case history in which the osteopath will discuss your symptoms in detail and carry out appropriate physical examinations, a diagnosis will be made where possible, and if you are safe to treat a treatment plan will be discussed. Alternatively, if your osteopath thinks you would benefit from being referred to your GP or a Specialist, then arrangements will be made.
During the examination you may be asked to move the painful area into different positions in order to try and reproduce the pain. Other examinations may be performed including standard orthopaedic and neurological testing in order to make an accurate diagnosis.
Planning your Treatment
Having made an accurate assessment of your problem, the osteopath will be able to devise an appropriate treatment plan that is specific to you. During treatment an osteopath will use a wide range of manual techniques in order to try and correct the problems associated with your muscles, ligaments and joints that may be causing the pain you experience.