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Consulting an Osteopath

Consulting your Osteopath for the first is always an exciting experience. The first appointment may take anything from 45 minutes up to an hour, including a few simple forms to fill, examination and treatment.  The consultation typically involves taking a general medical history questionnaire—including detailed questions about lifestyle, family history, medication and previous injuries etc., are usual.  The devil they say is in the detail, and we want to get it right for you. Your first consultation is specially designed to clarify fact and help rule out other existing medical conditions or problems. It is essential that nothing is overlooked or has changed since your last health check.  The information gathered will help form your diagnosis ( what the problem is \ injury etc.) and helps to “screen out” any other possible medical issues. Time is taken so that an effective treatment plan can be formulated and carried out. During your first visit, treatment and exercises will be tailored to your needs. Once the Osteopath has taken a detailed medical history, they will examine you, and treatment follows.

First Consultation

During your first consultation treatment, the Osteopath will spend time looking at your presenting condition. The initial medical history taken is vital as it includes valuable information about your lifestyle or previous pain or injury. Osteopaths consider each patient a genuinely unique individual and consider both the emotional and physical aspects of the person. The first examination helps the Osteopath understand how the body has uniquely adapted to the emotional and physical stresses that life brings. Many stresses take effect over a long period and may have a profound impact on the bodies tissues. Osteopaths also offer added advice on nutrition, ergonomics, exercises and healthy living. Any recommendations provided are aimed to help reduce the “maintaining symptoms” or ( reasons you have not got better on your own). Osteopathy is designed to improve your health and quality of life by reducing pain. The Osteopath will make you feel at ease during your consultation and explain everything as it happens. Feel free to ask questions if you are unsure or have any concerns.

Osteopaths are safe and Supportive

Although referral by a doctor is unnecessary, patients are encouraged to keep their GP and Osteopath informed of all medical conditions. If they are unwell or have any other health issues or worries, the Osteopath may write to the Gp with your permission. Good communication is often helpful as it means their medical records are current and complete. Ongoing clarity means the patient receives the best possible care from healthcare practitioners. Osteopaths are exceptionally well trained, safe and skilled in medical examination, clinical skills and may routinely check blood pressure, neurological examination, heart and digestive health. Relevant medical clinical skills are often used to identify any underlying diseases or conditions that can present as muscle and joint pain. Your Osteopath may refer you to another specialist if alternative clinical tests are needed.

Consulting your Osteopath for the first is always an exciting experience. The first appointment may take anything from 45 minutes up to an hour

Consulting an osteopath


Osteopath Treatment

 Osteopaths use their trained eyes and sense of touch to identify areas of pain and restriction within the body. They will assess areas of weakness, tenderness, limitation or strain through clinical observation by using touch and your movements. The feedback from the examination and the patient will help the osteopath make a diagnosis and, subsequently, a treatment plan. The Osteopath will then discuss the treatment options and treatment plan with you. It’s essential that you fully understand and are happy as you progress with the treatment. Treatment may include releasing and relaxing muscles, often gently stretching stiff joints, using gentle massage, and rhythmic joint movements called articulations. Osteopathy stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself by improving its mechanical function and moving freely again. Many techniques used by Osteopaths encourage blood flow to muscles and joints, easing restricted areas and directly stimulating tissue repair. The particular range of methods your Osteopath uses will depend on the condition and how sensitive you are.

Osteopaths are skilled and safe.

Some styles of  Osteopathy are gentle and use easy, subtle methods. Often the Osteopathic treatment you receive depends on you and your presenting condition,  Osteopaths are highly trained, and many treatments are easy and gentle on the body. Other Osteopathic treatments are firm and direct, and they may include firm deep muscle massage or manipulation. Osteopaths use highly skilled techniques that are designed to normalise muscle and joint function. Osteopath manipulation ( joint clicking)  increases spinal flexibility and stimulates the bodies production of “morphine”, also known as endorphins which are very effective pain killers. Osteopathic techniques also improve blood flow to the problematic muscles and joints that have become stiff and restricted. Osteopaths have a wide range of treatment techniques to choose from. Every osteopathic treatment is safe, thought out and often very well considered.

Cranial Osteopathy or Cranial Sacral Therapy 

Cranial Osteopathy or Cranial Sacral Therapy uses very gentle methods to correct disturbances to tissue mobility in the skull and throughout the body. Cranial osteopathy can help with a wide variety of problems. Cranial osteopathy involves very gentle osteopathic manipulations on the head and spine. The treatment works by gently stretching the sutures in the skull, ligaments and tendons. Cranial can improve the range of movement in joints, free trapped nerves and help with many other conditions. People visit cranial Osteopaths on recommendation from friends to resolve sleep and feeding problems that don’t always respond to traditional medicine. It is also helpful for people who require a gentle approach. A gentle approach is essential for long-term pain and discomfort relating to old physical injuries or birth trauma. Cranial is also great for relieving everyday stress and tension. Hatfield Practice offers a free newborn baby cranial check to help resolve any newborn baby worries.  The Hatfield Practice cranial osteopaths treat babies up to two weeks old for free.