Osteopathy is a system of diagnosing and treating problems linked to the body’s structural make-up. We believe that if this system is working at its best, then the body’s own in-built healing mechanism can function more efficiently. This also helps to promote long-term heath and well being at the same time reducing any existing problems and their accompanying symptoms.
Although osteopathy does not claim to cure all ills, it can be immensely helpful in providing effective pain relief for a wide range of complaints. Just a few of the conditions that can benefit from treatment include backaches, headaches, muscular pulls and strain, sciatica, arthritis, respiratory problems and repetitive strain injury.
Often Tiverton House Osteopath’s will work closely with the patient’s own doctor or specialist or with one or more of the other natural therapy practitioners so if you have any of the conditions listed above please feel free to contact us and we can advise you as to the appropriate type of treatment
What to expect
The first point of contact for most patients is the phone call to the clinic. It is most likely that you will speak to me personally. I have 2 phone numbers for a very good reason, I am not always around in the clinic so please feel free to ring the mobile number and if I do not answer then please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
It can be very daunting for a new patient if they have never seen an Osteopath before but I hope that I do put people’s mind at rest with a friendly voice and am happy to answer questions that people might have initially. We make an appointment and you then come along to the clinic for your allotted time. We take a full case history, that has questions with regard to where the pain is or why you are seeking an opinion in the first place plus some general health screening questions to make sure that you are safe for us to treat. Hopefully some hypotheses are being made and then we examine you. It is usually expected for patients to get undressed to their underwear for this to happen so that we can observe how the body moves and how it is exhibiting signs of stress and pain. Obviously, if this makes a patient uncomfortable then please discuss this with us and there is always a way forward that we can follow. I hope that a relaxed and comfortable environment is provided that puts the patients mind at ease.
We will put you through some active movements that demonstrate what the body can and cannot do and the pain that is being experienced by the patient. All the time I am going through in my mind possible causes of the pain or the problem that is being experienced. I follow this with you lying down so that we can perform some passive movements that I will do and again this gives me more information as well as palpating the areas of concern.
By this stage I discuss with the patient what I have found and the ideas and hypotheses that I have come to which gives me an understanding of what the problem actually is and the way forward. I then do some treatment and give some advice on how things might progress for the patient and how many sessions I feel I might need.
I always feel that it is a privilege to treat patients and that it takes a lot to place someone’s trust in me so again I reinforce that if there are any worries post treatment or there is post treatment soreness then please get in touch with me and we can discuss this to put your mind at ease. I always advise that post treatment soreness is very common as we have no way of knowing how your body will react to treatment, but communicate with us if there are any worries or concerns.
I might give you some exercises or advice to follow that will improve the problem quickly and efficiently. Hoping that the treatment experience is a friendly, informative and pain relieving experience.
Obviously the treatment experience will be different for every one. I believe this is unique to them and the problem and environment that they bring with them. If for example I am treating someone with a sports injury then I will ask the relevant questions about their sport and training schedule. If I am treating a baby then I will ask more about the pregnancy and the delivery from the parents. So this really is an individual experience. I do believe that some patients want a first aid solution and others want to get to the bottom of the problem to get better and feel better for the long term. This is an important aspect of the whole process, some issues will get better quickly as they are just acute expressions of an injury. Others have a more long term problem that might require longer to get it better and sometimes some maintenance advice or even maintenance sessions.
The key to this whole process is good communication so that we are all singing from the same song sheet to understand what has brought the patient to me in the first place.
It is always difficult to explain sometimes a routine that I might take for granted but please feel free to ask questions and I hope we at Tiverton House Osteopaths and Associates allow you as a patient to feel safe and comfortable while you are in our care.