Osteopathy is a form of treatment which aims to look at a person's body as a whole, see where a pattern of tension is coming from, and assist to unwind that tension with a variety of manual techniques.
The range of available techniques means that the amount of pressure applied can be catered to suit the individual patient. This means it can be catered to suit someone of any age as it ranges from being a very minimalist approach to strong.
What can you expect in a visit?
In a first visit there will be a contact details and consent form to fill in, so it's advisable to get there a few minutes early.
With your osteopath, you will talk through the reasons that have brought you there as well as your general medical history (this is required to get a picture of your general health, even if it doesn't seem directly relevant).
There will then be an assessment of the area of pain with such things as postural analysis and specific muscle tests.
The therapy is hands on, with massage-like techniques, joint mobilisation and unwinding tension in order to assist the relevant areas.
Note: You are not required to undress for an assessment, so it's a good idea to wear clothing you can move freely in and which are not too thick to work through. Leggings, T-shirts etc work well. If you forget to do so we can provide shorts to change into.