Osteopathy Clinic Docklands

FAQ about Osteopathy

These are just a few of the common questions we get asked about osteopathy and our treatments. If you have any other questions not answered here please contact our clinic and one of our osteopaths will be pleased to help you.

How does osteopathy work?

What is osteopathic manipulative therapy “OMT?”

What makes the sound during an adjustment?

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

Is osteopathy safe?

Do I have a pinched nerve?

How many treatments will I need?

How about painkillers?

How long will I need care?

Why do children need osteopathic care?

How long until I fell better?

Am I too old for osteopathic care?

What training do osteopaths get?

Do osteopaths treat more than bad backs?

How does osteopathy work?

Osteopaths correct and restore proper function to your Spine, joints, muscles, and blood circulation so your body can heal itself - naturally! Tension in the body caused by tight muscles or joints can starve organs and tissues of blood. They also interfere with the drainage of waste products so there is a build up of toxins. Also misaligned vertebrae treatment by an osteopath (spinal bones) can irritate or compress nerves which carry vital information to and from your brain. A common interference to the nervous system is the 24 moving bones of the spinal column. A loss of normal motion or position of these bones can irritate or impair the function of the nervous system. This can disrupt the transmission of controlling nerve impulses. When under the proper control of your nervous and circulatory system all your tissues and organs are designed to resist disease and ill health. Since the primary focus of your care is to restore normal flow of blood and improved nervous system function, osteopathy can have a positive effect on many health conditions not normally thought of as "back" problems. Specific spinal adjustments, soft tissue techniques, massage, cranial and other gentle techniques can improve joint mobility decrease muscle spasm, reduce nerve interference and improve circulation increasing your health!

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What is osteopathic manipulative therapy “OMT?”

osteopath treatment OMT is the art of using specific force in a precise direction to adjust a specific joint that is “locked up” or not moving correctly. This helps to rerun the bones to a more normal position and restores movement. The purpose of the safe procedure is improved spinal function, blood circulation, nerve transmission and better muscular tone.

The adjusting techniques are applied using the hands. Some are quick while others require a slow constant pressure.

After years of training and clinical experience, each osteopath becomes highly skilled in a variety of techniques to adjust your body.

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What makes the sound during an adjustment?

Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. A British research team have revealed that the sound you hear results from gas rushing in to fill a partial vacuum when the joint are slightly separated.

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Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No. The osteopath evaluates each patient’s unique problem and develops an individual custom tailored care programme. This is based on years of training, experience, patient’s age and health goals.

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Is osteopathy safe?

treatment without drugs Yes! That’s because it’s delivered by a registered Practioner and risk factors are identified before any treatment is given!

Osteopathy has been proven to be remarkably safe, much safer than taking painkillers or surgery. The Royal College of General Practitioners issued guidelines for GP’s, which recommends manipulation (as performed by osteopaths), for the relief of acute low back pain.

Risks are considerably low when compared to medical care due to drugs and surgery. Positive proof is that fact that doctors malpractice insurance are on average 10 to 14 times higher! Your osteopath will explain possible risks of treatment and discuss any concerns you may have prior to commencing with treatment.

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Do I have a pinched nerve?

Many patients consult an osteopath because they believe they have a pinched nerve. In fact a pinched nerve is rare. While commonly associated with the spine, pinched nerve (compressive lesion) is actually rare. Researchers suggest that only 1% to 15% of spine related problems are caused by direct pressure of bone on nerve tissue! This can result in numbness, burning, or a "pins and needles" feeling More frequently nerves are irritated (facilitative lesion) stretched, scraped or have their blood supply reduced by a loss of spinal curves, malfunctioning spinal joints, tight muscles or inflammation. This can distort nerve messages sent between body and brain and can cause numbness, pins and needles or unhealthy alterations to the organs and tissues.

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How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments varies with each patient and their individual health goals.

Problems that you have neglected may require ongoing care for optimal function. Other acute problems may only require a few visits. In any event visits become less often as your spine and body stabilises. But it is important to remember that each visit builds on the one before. Chronic cases may require months or even years of treatment.

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How about painkillers?

Osteopathy instead of painkillers Painkillers may help you feel less pain, but they do not address the underlying cause of the pain they just cover up the symptoms. In fact, excessive use of painkillers for common ailments, such as headaches, can actually make your headaches worse. Even worse they can cause adverse affects such as liver or kidney damage! Remember pain is a signal from your body that something is not right. Painkillers may also have serious side effects, osteopathy is a much safer way of managing your pain and overall health! Furthermore, if you continue to ignore the cause of your pain, irreversible premature degenerative changes may result. osteopathic care is aimed at resolving the underlying cause of the pain and then keeping you in better health. Don’t bury your head in the sand go and see someone who will take you seriously - see an osteopath for the expert help you need.

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How long will I need care?

regular osteopathy check ups After patients get the relief they want, many choose to continue with some periodic care. These patients show up feeling great. The visits help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious.

Some patients seek osteopathic care only when they are in pain. While this crisis management is usually more costly and time consuming our office stands ready to help all patients and respect their decisions.

How long you decide to benefit from osteopathic care is up to you!

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Why do children need osteopathic care?

osteopathy on a child Significant trauma to the spine and skull can occur at birth and so many have their new borns checked. Preliminary studies suggest that colic unusual crying, poor appetite or ear infections can be signs of spinal cord distress.


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How long until I fell better?

Some patients have instant relief. Others discover it can take weeks or months. Many factors can affect your recovery such as your age, how long you’ve had the problem, severity and keeping your appointments.

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Am I too old for osteopathic care?

More and more people are consulting osteopaths in their later years. With concerns about over medications and side effects of drugs, safe natural osteopathic care is growing in popularity. Many people are told to put up with their pain due to their age. Good news you don’t have too! Restoring better body and spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality and endurance. As we get older and wiser the simplicity and effectiveness of osteopathy becomes more and more obvious.

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What training do osteopaths get?

osteopathy school To graduate with an honours degree, each candidate passes a demanding Examination. Then, osteopaths apply to a governmental or professional licensing board before being granted the privilege to practice.

Due to the osteopath Act 1993 it is now illegal for someone to call themselves an osteopath unless they have undergone training at an approved school, so you now have the same safeguards as when you visit a doctor or dentist.

Osteopathic education never ends, many complete post graduate training.

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Do osteopaths treat more than bad backs?

Because osteopaths mainly treat Spinal dysfunction it is generally misconceived that osteopath’s treat back pain only. This is not so, indeed many treat a variety of conditions such as those listed below.
  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica/shooting pain down legs
  • Pain due to pregnancy
  • Children's clinic
  • Arthritic pain
  • Digestive problems in adults
  • Minor sports injuries

  • And much more...

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    bottom line
    INITIAL CONSULTATION INCLUDES:
    • A private consultation with the osteopath
    • Orthopaedic and neurological testing
    • Osteopathic examination
    • Recommendation of X-rays, if required
    • A confidential verbal and written report

      WHAT WE OFFER  
    bulletFree general consultation
    bulletDrug free pain relief
    bulletFully air conditioned clinic
    bulletMorning and evening appointments
    bulletMale and female osteopaths
    bulletFriendly staff
    bulletRegistered osteopaths
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