Visiting your osteopath in Chalfont - what it entails and how it can benefit you
The osteopathic approach to the human body is a holistic one and includes making sure that all your muscles and joints from head to toe are positioned properly, moving well and getting good blood circulation to enable them to continue working effectively.
This is done by observing the biomechanics of the muscles and joints and examining the fasciae which is the connective tissue that surrounds the organs, muscles, and nerves, holding them in place. Furthermore, the movement and the position of all the organs in the body are analysed while the spine and cranial bone are also examined. This allows for the aforementioned components to be matched to the symptoms that you are presenting with.
To begin with, your osteopath in Chalfont will take a thorough case history which will help them understand your symptoms better, provide an accurate diagnosis and help put together an effective treatment plan for better management of your symptoms, alleviation of your aches and pains and eventually a full and successful recovery where possible. Your osteopath in Chalfont will want to know about any fractures, torn ligaments or dislocations that you may have experienced in your past. Any scars or permanent damage that you may have sustained is also important to note.
After going through your case history, your osteopath in Chalfont will want to know what you are experiencing now; a current assessment. So, once you explain all your symptoms to the osteopath, they will carry out an observation and physical examination of your body. They will observe your posture, the way you sit, stand, walk and the way you bend forward or to the side. The osteopath will make you carry out several different but simple mechanical tests so that they can observe the positioning and movement of your muscles and joints to check for any abnormalities. This includes watching the movement of your body when you breathe in and out.
Your osteopath will assess the movement of the spine and the organs of the body and will monitor how they react with both passive movement (when you are at rest) and active movement. The skull will also be examined carefully.
Once all assessments have been carried out, the osteopath will put all the information together to create an individually tailored treatment plan for you. This will consist of a combination of therapy with your osteopath as well as holistic advice with regards to changes in lifestyle choices (where necessary), food and nutrition, exercise tailored to your requirements and other advice that the osteopath deems necessary. Your osteopath will also teach you simple exercises that you can carry out at home or with the help of a friend which will help promote better management of your symptoms and a more effective recovery overall.
Speak to us at Rakhee Osteopathy today and book a consultation with our osteopaths. You can find out more about how incorporating osteopathy into your life can be of great benefit to you.