Osteopathy is a safe natural form of treatment that uses a range of techniques to address areas of injury.
Osteopaths are taught much that is covered in medical schools and treat all parts of the body.
All osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council formed in relation to the Osteopaths Acts 1993. Osteopathy is recognised by the British Medical Association as a discrete clinical discipline.
What to expect from your osteopathic treatment
Prior to any treatments one of our practitioners will take you through a complete medical assessment, in which we will discuss your medical history and your day-to-day routine.
We’ll ask you about things such as diet, exercise and what is happening in your life, as these may give clues to help our diagnosis.
We usually look at your posture and how you move your body. We may also assess what happens when we move it for you and see what hurts, where and when.
Treatment approaches include:
- Massage, stretching, mobilisation and gentle manipulation
- Cranial osteopathy
- Craniosacral therapy
- High velocity thrust techniques
- Rhythmic passive joint manipulation
- Soft tissue techniques
These techniques are practiced only after a four year course of full time study and years of practical experience.
We may discuss exercises that you can do to improve your posture and movement in your work place and everyday life.
Frequently asked questions about Osteopathy
We have put together a number of common questions relating to osteopathy, however if you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to arrange an appointment or contact us to discuss your circumstances.
What can I expect on my first visit to an osteopath?
Your first visit will start with a consultation which allows your practitioner to understand about you, your medical history and any lifestyle behaviours which could affect any treatments and conditions.
How long do osteopathic appointments usually last?
Regular appointments last 30 minutes.
Who can be treated?
Anyone can be treated although it is important that your osteopath knows about any conditions that you have. If you are pregnant you can also be treated but again it is important your osteopath is aware of this.
Can I have treatments even if I feel ‘OK’?
The simple answer is “Yes”, osteopathy is about maintaining balance, and we have patients who have regular treatments to help maintain their healthy bodies. Prevention is always better than cure!
Can I have a treatment if I’m pregnant?
Yes however it is important your Osteopath knows you are pregnant so they can use the appropriate techniques for your condition.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you need depends on the condition and person we are treating. We aim to keep your appointments to a minimum. Your osteopath will be able to tell you within a short period of time whether they can treat you or if they need to refer you to your GP for further investigations.
Do you do home visits?
Yes we provide home visits to patients, please call 01642 714040 for more information.
Are you regulated?
Yes, Andrew Cross, Stokesley Osteopaths, are members of the General Osteopathic Council which regulates the practice of osteopathy in the United Kingdom. By law osteopaths must be registered with GOsC in order to practise in the UK.
We can usually tell after the first treatment session whether additional appointments will be necessary, as many conditions are a result of how we use our bodies in our work and recreational activities. Our practitioners will advise you of any changes or exercises which would help prevent reoccurring problems.