During your first session your Osteopath will review any referral information from other medical professionals, ask you a series of questions, and may assist you with a number of mobility and strength movements. None of these should cause pain or be overly difficult. You should also explain your symptoms and ask any questions you may have.
Various treatment methods are used depending on the diagnosed condition. Some of these techniques may be hands on and include stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues. Targeted strengthening exercises may also be employed.
Patients are usually given a number of stretches and exercises to do at home, in between Osteopathy sessions. These are designed to improve treatment results.
Osteopathy was founded and developed over many years in the late 1800s, by physician and surgeon Andrew Taylor Still in Missouri, USA. The son of a surgeon and losing three of his own children to spinal meningitis, Still believed that medical treatments of that time were largely ineffective and in some cases harmful. He discovered that to improve wellness, all parts of the body should assist and complement each other. His intent was to improve wellness with minimal surgery and medicine.
In 1892, Still founded the American School of Osteopathy (now known as the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine). The first class included both men and women, and included in-depth education in physiology and anatomy. Graduating students were awarded the title of D.O (Doctors of Osteopathy).
J Martin Littlejohn, an ex-psychology lecturer was appointed Dean of the College. Littlejohn’s view that psychology should be a core subject in Osteopathy was met with wide disagreement. Litlejohn was relieved of his position as Dean, whereupon he moved to Chicago and in 1900 established the Chicago College of Osteopathy. This college, like Still’s, was very successful and in 1917 after migrating to Britain, Littlejohn founded the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) and the Journal of Osteopathy.
Osteopathy continued to grow and gain recognition in the US, across Europe, and around the world, later becoming a recognised medical profession with specific qualification requirements.
Osteopaths believe that all of the body’s systems are inter-related and that good health can only be achieved by treating the body as a whole, not just a disease. They help all the different components of your body to work together, from your skeleton and joints, to your muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs.
Note: MojoGuru does not recommend any treatment, therapy or particular provider. We do not recommend that you self-diagnose. If you are suffering from a health condition and before starting a new treatment or therapy, we do recommend that you first consult a GP. More