At Freedom Care Clinic, our experienced osteopath Manchester can treat a wide range of health issues including soft tissue injuries, digestive problems, and more. You can be sure that treatment at our clinic will improve your overall wellbeing through effective treatments and lifestyle advice.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a medical system that provides the diagnosis and treatment for many types of health issues. This discipline works with the body’s structure and function and is based on the principle that wellbeing comes from the skeleton, muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues all working together in a smooth manner.
An osteopath must study for 5 years, which is very similar to the study required for a medical degree. However, the osteopath puts more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. While they are considered back specialists, they work to diagnose and treat a wider range of medical conditions.
In addition, our osteopaths provide practice guidance on lifestyle and workplace ergonomics, along with sports injury rehabilitation, and helping our patients to lead healthier lives.
How Do Osteopathic Treatments Work?
Osteopaths use their knowledge of the body’s structure and function and apply hands-on techniques to treat diagnosed medical issues. Their techniques include:
- Joint mobilisation
- Physical manipulation (gentle)
In addition, Manchester osteopaths can offer advice on your lifestyle, posture, and even offer guidance on exercises to help keep your condition from returning.
If an osteopath is unable to treat a medical condition, they will refer their patient to another healthcare professional.
What is Osteopathy Used to Treat?
Osteopathy is often used as a complementary therapy to medical treatment and can be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. An osteopath may treat:
- Muscle and joint issues
- Back pain
- Painful ankle and foot
- Knee pain
- Shoulder and neck pain
- Hip issues
- Hand & elbow issues (including tennis or golfer’s elbow)
- Arthritis pain
- Headache and migraine
- Postural issues
- Some sports injuries
- Digestive issues
- Respiratory issues
What to Expect at an Osteopathic Appointment?
Generally, an osteopath will listen and ask questions about your condition, your overall health, and other medical care you may be receiving. This information will be recorded in your records and is kept completely confidential.
Next, the osteopath will perform an examination. They may ask you to do simple movements, stretches, and observe how your body moves, along with your posture. The osteopath will also make note of any areas that are inflamed, painful, or having another issue. They will use their hands to examine your joints, tissues, and ligaments, and use a method called palpation, which helps them to make a diagnosis.
Diagnosis and Treatment
When the exam is over, our osteopath in Manchester will give you a diagnosis, providing an explanation you can understand about your diagnosis. They will next discuss treatment options and work with you to create a treatment plan. In addition, the osteopath will explain all the benefits, risks or side effects of their recommended treatment, and determine how many treatment sessions are needed.
The osteopath may also offer guidance on steps you can take to lead a healthier life and keep the condition from returning.
After the therapy, you may experience stiff or sore muscles. This is normal and usually occurs about 24 hours after treatment. Pain may increase for a while after treatment, too, and you may even experience some bruising.
These are all normal and usually are short-lived. However, if your pain lasts longer than a day or two, be sure to reach out to the osteopath for help and advice.
Do I Need a Referral from my Doctor to see an osteopath in Manchester?
No, in most cases, a doctor’s referral is not necessary when seeing an osteopath for treatment. However, it is recommended that your doctor be informed that you are receiving osteopathic treatments. This way your medical records will be complete and contain information that could be helpful in the future. Your osteopath, with your permission, will forward your treatment to your doctor. It’s also possible to request a letter for your employer, if required.
About Our Osteopaths
At Freedom Care Clinic, our osteopaths Manchester are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. As noted earlier, you can see our osteopaths on your own, or be referred by your doctor.
After your exam, our osteopath will discuss all treatment options with you, and you’ll be provided with a written report of your diagnosis and treatment plan, so you will know all your options.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please contact us today.
For more information, call your local clinic on the number below.
Manchester : 0161 503 5656
Leeds Park Sq
Lower Ground Floor
29 Park Square West
Leeds LS1 2PQ
Manchester, Queen Street
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