Osteopaths like all good manual therapist are directed by best evidence based practice. It is our role to listen to you story, to try to understand it, and then make judgement on how best to help you with the our clinical skills and knowledge. This may include manual therapy or rehabilitation and education.
Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners and are equipped with diagnostic skills that reach further than mechanical back pain.
Before you receive any treatment we will need to take a detailed medical case history to ensure that treatment is appropriate. If treatment is deemed inappropriate we may refer you to your G.P. for investigation before we can begin.
If treatment is appropriate we will first examine the area and any other joints or muscles that we might consider to be involved in the condition. It is not unusual for this to include clinical examinations such as an abdominal, cardiovascular or respiratory exam. After the examination is complete we will explain to you the diagnosis and the appropriate management and treatment before beginning treatment. At subsequent visits we will re-examine the muscles and joints indicated at the first appointment and commence treatment in accordance with the management plan.
Treatment will differ for every patient because it is tailored to the diagnosis and the circumstances surrounding the symptoms. Treatment will usually involve soft tissue massage, joint articulation and mobilisations (often accompanied with a “click”), stretching muscles, restoring function or range of movement and home exercise to aid and recovery.