Manual Osteopaths use a variety of hands-on physical treatments. These include soft tissue techniques, joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, instrument assisted soft tissue techniques (IASTM) and functional (strain and counter strain) techniques. These techniques are normally employed together with exercise, dietary, and occupational advice in an attempt to help patients recover from pain, disease and injury. European style Manual Osteopaths do no prescribe medications or perform surgery, while American style osteopaths perform surgery and prescribe medications as well as using osteopathic techniques in managing a patient's condition.
Initial Visit The initial appointment will last 1 hour. This allows for easier examination. We will go over your intake form and I will take a complete history which includes your entire health history. I will use the information you provide and observations of your physical symptoms to analyze the case. I will check your posture, your gait (the way you walk), the motion of your joints, palpate various muscles, ligaments and tendons to learn about the tone of your tissues (their strength and tension), and whether there are any restrictions. We will then do a manual osteopathy treatment using a combination of the above mentioned techniques. It’s a good idea to wear loose clothing, such as shorts and a T-shirt or sports bra. I will have recommendations for any appropriate herbs or supplements. We will determine when your follow-up appointment will be at this time, as each situation is unique.
Follow-up Visit Follow-up appointments are booked according to each case. Along with the osteopathy treatment, we will evaluate how the treatment plan has been working for you and make any changes that are necessary. At this time you should advise me of any new symptoms that may have come up since the last appointment. This will allow us to see the progress we are making.
Insurance Coverage: Many major insurance companies have reimbursed for osteopathy visits. Be sure to check with your provider to see if you have osteopathic coverage.