How does OT look like?

Methodology of Osteopathic Therapy:

  1. Conversation with a patient and anamnesis
  2. Osteopathic exam and evaluation
  3. Treatments

Osteopathic manual treatments take into consideration personal and medical history of a patient, so if the patient already has any medical records, it is recommended to take it with him/her to the first appointment. If not, the osteopath can refer the patient for some medical examination and evaluation.

Anamnesis and Osteopathic Treatment

The first treatment includes a thorough evaluation and usually lasts for an hour and a half. After an informative conversation, the osteopath starts with the evaluation of the patient’s condition by monitoring and palpation. The examination and evaluation require the patient to remove outer clothing or to wear cotton shorts as it enables the better palpation and assessment. During the treatment, the patient is covered with a light linen bed sheet or a warm blanket. Combining the patient’s story with the results of the evaluation, the osteopath then determines a carefully structured treatment plan, which is then thoroughly explained to the patient. Once the patient has fully understood and has consented to the plan, the treatment begins.

Osteopathic Treatment

Osteopathic treatment requires the osteopath to have a direct physical contact with the tissue he/she is working on. Osteopathic treatment is a manual therapy which is gentle and pleasant for the patient. The osteopath chooses to use techniques which are not considered to be a contraindication to the patient’s condition. By correcting osteopathic lesions, blockages are removed, spontaneous circulation in the body is restored and health is achieved.

Treatment Duration

Osteopathic treatment usually lasts for about sixty minutes. The frequency and the number of treatments are based on the patient’s needs and depend on the severity of symptoms, the patient’s condition and his/her response to treatments; also on the patient’s availability to come in for scheduled appointments.

In general, treatments are scheduled once or twice a week. The total number of treatments depends on the severity and persistence of symptoms. Many patients, once improvement has been achieved and a series of appointments has been completed, continue to come in periodically as a preventive measure.

Patients can also get professional advice and tips related to body exercises and a diet which, combined with the treatments, help them to achieve much faster long lasting results. On this webpage you can find information that will give you insight into the range of problems osteopathy can help with. Osteopathy is not a cure; it helps your body to work the best it can, in order to get a chance for self-healing.