Many people tend to think of an osteopath as nothing more than a 'back-person'. While it is true that osteopaths often deal with back problems, they also provide treatment to help alleviate a great many other symptoms and problems:
Although you are under no obligation to inform your doctor about visits to an osteopath, it is generally a good idea keep your GP apprised of any treatments you are receiving. At present, Osteopathy is not generally available on the NHS, but most private medical insurance companies recognise its benefits and include it in their policies.
The number of treatments required will depend on what the problem is and how long it has existed. However, you should begin to feel an improvement in your condition within the first two or three treatments. Your progress will be reviewed and discussed after each session, and you will always be involved in any decisions concerning your treatment.
On a first visit, the osteopath will want to discuss your medical case-history to help with the diagnosis. This first visit will generally entail a physical examination where you may be asked to perform a few simple movements – it is recommended that you wear some loose-fitting clothing for this.
After initial diagnosis and discussion, the osteopath should be able to offer a suitable course of treatment with the aim of helping to normalise structure and function. Under most circumstances, treatment will start during your first visit, which may last about 45 minutes; subsequent visits will usually be of a shorter duration.