Frequently asked questions about osteopathy

Before the massage you will be given a short medical form to fill out. Please bring this with you as it acts as your patient notes and consent form. The osteopath will show you into the room, show you how to sit on the massage chair and discuss any particular aches and pains you may be experiencing. They will ask for permission to start working on you then the massage can begin. Please give the osteopath feedback during the treatment as the same pressure may not suit everyone. If the pressure is too much, or not enough, please let them know as each person’s treatment is unique so we can adapt our techniques to suit you.
Every person has a different physiology and therefore each reaction can be vastly different. Most people feel better after treatment but it is not unusual to be a little sorer in the area worked on during the session. Resting the area and using heat for muscle soreness or ice for inflammation can help with post-treatment soreness.

We always encourage our clients to stay well hydrated and avoid alcohol for several hours after any form of physical therapy.

In order to obtain a diagnosis, the osteopath must be able to observe and palpate various areas of your body, however it is not compulsory. Your privacy will be respected at all times and you may bring a chaperone if you wish.
Most patients require 3-6 sessions. It is recommended that the first few sessions are within a week of each other, then the other sessions are booked depending on how you progress.
Your osteopath will prescribe a set of exercises or stretches to do as homework between sessions. These movements will be designed to help your progress between sessions and will usually be intended to be performed on a daily basis.