The osteopath treats his patients with his hands. The muscles and joints are examined carefully and the appropriate treatment might include massaging and stretching techniques and gentle manipulation of the joints, especially those of the spinal column.
HALF HOUR LIST.
Osteopaths usually work on a ‘half hour list’. That means plenty of time to get to the root of a patient’s problem, not just treating the symptoms.
Long term solutions
Osteopathic treatment is designed to find long term solutions to problems, not just a quick fix it. Patients are shown how to manage their problems with specific stretches and what we call focused relaxation techniques which help the body to help itself.
Bad posture is very often a major part of the patient’s problems and an important part of treatment therapy is to teach people simple techniques for sitting and standing better.
Osteopaths in the Community
Because of the extensive training that osteopaths receive, they are well qualified to advise patients on a wide range of health and health related topics including diet, stress management, posture, exercise and lifting techniques.