Maidstone Osteopathic Practice FAQs
Q.How long will the treatment last and what should you expect?
A.The initial treatment will last for approximately 1 hour in which time a full case history will be taken including the reason for the appointment, questions about your past medical history and general health to get an overall view of you as an individual. You will be required when necessary to undress down to your underwear so that the problematic area can be observed and understood. Please wear sensible underwear blankets are used to make you feel more comfortable.
Then if any tests are needed to ascertain further the extent of the problem all tests are non-invasive.
Finally if there are no problems treatment will be undertaken.
During any stage of the treatment if you have any questions the osteopath will try and answer any questions you have in full.
Q.What is the difference between Osteopaths and Chiropractors?
A.Osteopaths and Chiropractor s are very similar yet very different. Osteopaths use a wide variety of techniques. Osteopathy recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions. Osteopathy uses a holistic approach to treatment therefore considers the whole patient so not just the problematic area but the rest of the body to get to the route cause.
Osteopathic treatment usually starts by releasing and relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints, using soft tissue massage techniques, articulation of the joints and muscle release techniques. Techniques of manipulation are also applied to spinal joints and other joints of the body to improve the range of motion and function of the joint. Osteopathic treatment can also be cranial treatment which is the gentle yet effective form of osteopathy that uses subtle pressure applied to the cranium and spine.
Chiropractors look at the biomechanics, structure and function of the spine, along with what they say are its effects on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and its role in health and disease. Generally chiropractic treatment is focused on the manipulation of ‘subluxed’ spinal joints, to aid the problems that the patient is experiencing.