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Osteopathy is most commonly associated with musculoskeletal medicine and physical therapy - biomechanical back and neck pain, sport or work injuries, or other joint or muscle disorders. However, as osteopathy is a holistic form of healthcare and manual medicine which aids individuals in improving or restoring their health and well being and helping with dis-ease, however, there are lots of other reasons someone may visit an osteopath.
Some people come to Inner Balance Health Clinics for rehabilitation programs, injury management and treatment, assistance with general health and musculoskeletal problems or just general wellness.
Each and every person, condition/dysfunction and injury/pain is unique and different so osteopathic treatments will vary from person to person and appointment to appointment.
Your osteopath will ask questions about the reason for your visit and your presentation and symptoms. They will also ask about your medical history, any medications you are taking, as well as factors that may not appear to be directly related and relevant to your problem or reason for the consultation.
Your osteopath will conduct a full osteopathic examination as well as clinical tests, this may involve diagnostic such as blood pressure, orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments and activities or exercises that will determine how best to manage your condition and treat the reason why you have come in. The examination will include getting you moving, such as the osteopath lifting your arms or legs, getting to sit to stand and perform a range of different movements to measure how well certain areas are functioning.
Osteopathy takes a holistic approach to treatment, meaning that they look at your body as a whole, so your practitioner may look at other parts of your body, as well as the area that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back. This is so any compensation or contributing factors are addressed to best help the reason for your visit.
Osteopathy is a manual therapy, so hands-on treatment will/may include massage, stretching, articulation movements, mobilisation and/or manipulation.
If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will exercise care to make you as comfortable as possible.
Your osteopath may also provide information as well as advice to help you manage your condition between appointments. This may include giving you exercises, stretches and/or rehabilitation to do at home or work.
Osteopaths treat more than you think. They focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulatory system, connective tissue and internal organs function as a whole body unit.
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