Will treatment hurt?
Generally, osteopathic treatment does not hurt, although there may be some minor short-term discomfort, aching or stiffness, which will pass. Patients normally find that further treatments are much more comfortable, most look forward to coming!
Are there any risks?
Research has shown that osteopathy is one of the safest and most effective forms of manual therapy available and has far fewer risks than many other types of treatment and interventions for your problem. Your Osteopath will be happy to discuss all your concerns regarding treatment.
How long will treatment take to help my pain?
Osteopathy can significantly help reduce pain, especially if carried out within the first six weeks of the appearance of the symptoms. Classically, the longer you have been in pain the longer it will take to achieve results. Your Osteopath will be able to advise you of your likely recovery time. Although early treatment is preferable, Osteopaths are also effective at treating long-standing or chronic pain.
How can a recurrence of my condition be prevented?
This will depend upon the condition itself. Where necessary your Osteopath will prescribe exercises and lifestyle adjustments. Your Osteopath may recommend maintenance treatment sessions every two to six months depending upon your original condition.
What if I have something serious?
If your Osteopath feels treatment is not appropriate for your condition, you will be referred to your GP or to a suitable specialist.