What happens when you visit an Osteopath?
Your medical history is examined and discussed at any initial session with an Osteopath practitioner.
Your Osteopath will conduct a detailed health survey, paying attention to chief complaints, health issues, and other medical interventions that you’ve received in the past.
Then, an assessment of your needs will be performed. Your Osteopath will conduct a physical examination in order to assess your physical condition, and ensure safe treatment options. It is highly advisable to wear loose clothing, such as shorts and a t-shirt, for the physical assessment.
Upon completing the medical history and physical examinations, your Osteopath will discuss treatment
options with you. After reviewing the examination findings with you, the Osteopath will put together a treatment plan to be carried out.
A session of osteopathy
The osteopath begins her consultation with a patient interview and a thorough review of its radiological and biological balance sheets. Through specific palpatory tests, the osteopath will then look for areas of the body with movement restrictions that may affect health status. All these tests allows to put the Osteopathic Diagnosis Specific (DOS).
The practitioner’s hands will search, find and realign all structures disturbed in their mobility. Osteopathic gesture is mild, painless and uses clean mobility of each tissue.
The osteopath chooses the most suitable technique and the most comfortable for each patient, depending on their age and morphology. For example, a knee and stomach can lose their mobility, but being formed of very different tissue treatment will appeal to different gestures.
Manual intervention of the osteopath will stimulate physiological systems of the human body, with the ability to act on all body tissues:
- Joint: foot, ankle, knee, hip, elbow, shoulder, jaw, skull, spine …
- visceral liver, stomach, bladder, intestines …
- Vascular: respiratory, nervous, bone, connective …
Depending on the case to be treated, the treatment time will be different. For acute pathology (sprain sequelae, for example), one to two consultations may suffice. For a chronic condition, treatment may be longer. It is wrong to think that the effect pain relief means healing.