An initial consultation normally takes between 40 minutes to one hour and most straightforward problems only require three to four treatments.
An Osteopath will take a detailed medical history and will use a finely tuned sense of touch to locate various restrictions or dysfunction in various parts of the body. X-rays or blood tests may be advised to confirm an accurate diagnosis.
Osteopaths use a wide variety of hands-on techniques to care for their patients, including stretching, massage, muscle release, mobilisation and manipulation. The techniques chosen for the complaint may vary depending on how long the individual has had the problem, their age, etc. Further management may include diet advice, home exercise programs, lifting procedures, postural recommendations and stress management.
In practice the Osteopath is not so much treating the disease itself, but removing the mechanical hindrances to normal function. Osteopathic treatments are tailored to the requirements of the individual patient, and techniques are selected which are appropriate to the patient' s needs.