Osteopathy is a manual therapy which usually involves a combination of treatment modalities including soft or deep tissue massage, stretching, joint articulation and mobilisation, muscle energy techniques and, as appropriate, other treatments such a dry-needling (modern acupuncture) and Cranial Osteopathy. Each Osteopath treats slightly differently and has their own specialities dependent on their training, experience and particular interests.
First visit consultation and treatment (£45)
At the first visit to either the Glasgow or Stirling clinics, Fiona will take a detailed case history, including information regarding your neck pain or back pain or other dysfunction and background details about your health history to screen for possible pathologies. Your posture and function will then be examined in various different positions – standing, sitting and/or lying down on the plinth. You may be asked to undress to your underwear for this part of the consultation (please bring shorts and/or sports bra to wear if you would feel more comfortable).
Fiona will then discuss their findings and diagnosis with you and advise you of their suggested treatment plan before starting treatment. Treatments and treatment plans are always discussed with the patient beforehand to make sure that the patient remains informed and within their comfort zone.
Once the treatment plan has been agreed with the patient, Fiona will start treating using the treatments already mentioned – a combination of gentle massage, stretching and joint articulation and mobilisation as appropriate. Mobilisation may involve the use of a technique called high velocity low amplitude thrust (HVT). The aim of this treatment is to improve range of movement in a joint and reduce muscular tension surrounding that joint. With the consent of the patient, dry-needling ('modern acupuncture') may also be used to release muscle tension by treating specific trigger points. This alleviates nerve tissue irritation by reducing the nerve impulse, or stimulating local blood supply where it may be naturally poor. Cranial Osteopathy may also be used as appropriate (click here for more information).
At the end of the treatment, advice will then be given on appropriate self-help treatments, posture, exercises and the application of heat or ice (as there can be some tenderness and aching after the treatment which is normal and can be expected to ease within 48 hours).
Follow-up 30 minute appointment (£35)
The Osteopath will get a brief update from the patient as to their symptoms and how they are progressing after which they will continue treating as agreed in the initial appointment. Additional exercises and advice will be given as appropriate.
Combined Osteopathic 1 hour appointment (£55)
In some cases, it is recommended that patients come back for one or more combined 1 hour long Osteopathic treatments - particularly when acupuncture and/or Cranial Osteopathy is combined with structural Osteopathic treatment.
Cost of treatment
Initial consultation and treatment (up to 1 hour) - £45
Follow up treatment (up to 1/2 hour) - £35
Combined Osteopathic treatment (up to an hour for return patients) - £55
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