The Basics of an Osteopathic Treatment

Osteopathic treatment is based on abnormal musculoskeletal findings, which are known as somatic dysfunctions.

A somatic dysfunction is present when there are palpable asymmetries, restrictions or alterations in normal motions and/or tissue texture changes. Additionally, there may be areas with pain or other sensorial changes (tenderness).

The following approaches may be used by an Osteopathic practitioner:

- Muscle Energy
- Myofascial Release Techniques
- Strain/Counterstrain
- Functional Techniques
- Visceral
- Cranial Approaches
- Cranial Sacral Approaches
- Lymphatic drainage

What is the Treatment Effective For?

An Osteopathic treatment can help individuals suffering from:

- Neck/back pain
- Whiplash
- Headaches/migraines
- Vertigo and TMJ
- Arthritic/rheumatic pain
- Sports injuries
- Sprains, strains and bursitis
- Shoulder, hip and foot pain
- Stress (occupational and lifestyle)
- Circulatory problems (hypertension)
- Digestive problems (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Respiratory problems (asthma)
- Common cold/flu
- Fertility issues, pregnancy care and menstrual pain
- Palliative care (cancer, post-surgical)
- Childhood ailments (baby colic, disturbed sleep, social and learning difficulties)

If you are unsure whether Osteopathic treatment will be able to help your specific condition, we encourage you to contact Andrew directly to discuss your situation and concerns with him.

How Long Will it Take to See Results?

Depending on the nature of the problem, Andrew's patients typically note significant improvements within a very short period, usually after only 2 – 5 visits. In most cases, only a few visits are needed before a complete restoration of function is observed. In more severe cases, a more prolonged approach may be required. However, it is Andrew’s firm belief that patients should be treated with the utmost care, provided in the fewest amount of visits possible.

What Can You Expect On Your First Visit?

The initial consultation and examination lasts about one hour. (Please note: patients are required to wear shorts and an undershirt)

Your case history is discussed, to better understand the nature of your condition.

An osteopathic examination is carried out in order to form an overall diagnosis.

Treatment will be followed by a discussion with you about the findings.