Frequently Asked Questions
The initial osteopathic treatment usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour. It starts with a case history which is a series of questions designed to ensure that your pain does not require further medical investigation.
Having carried out a full case history, your Osteopath will then examine the specific area of pain and the body as a whole.
Osteopaths firmly believe that if a Patient can understand how and why they have pain, the treatment is more successful and there is less chance of the problem reoccurring. After your treatment, your Osteopath may advise you on lifestyle changes (e.g. changes to your environment if it is a factor or suggest techniques to help expedite recovery and/or prevent the problem from returning).
We are registered with OCI (Ireland) & GOsC (UK)
The Osteopathic Council of Ireland (OCI) is a non-profit organisation for Osteopath professionals that meet European standards as established by the European Federation of Osteopaths (E.F.O.) The IOC is the Irish representative body for this Federation.
GOsC (General Osteopathic Council) regulates the practice of Osteopathy in the United Kingdom. GOsC works to promote patient safety by registering qualified professionals and setting, maintaining and developing standards of osteopathic practice and conduct.
Osteopaths will need to examine in or around the area causing pain. As Osteopathy predominately relies on palpation to diagnose, the Patient is usually asked to undress the area where pain is experienced. Anyone uncomfortable undressing to their underwear, can wear light sports shorts, and women can wear a top that allows easy access to the upper and lower back and neck areas. Chaperones are always welcome to sit in during the treatment. Anyone under the age of 18 has to be accompanied by a chaperone.
Osteopathic treatments are known to be very gentle. However depending on the Patient and condition to be treated, different techniques can be used. The Patient can advise the Practitioner if there are any particular techniques they would prefer not to have.
No, Patients do not need a medical referral. Most Patients consult an osteopath privately, although some are referred formally by their GP.
Osteopathy is great for anyone who is seeking immediate care for acute pain or anyone looking to improve their quality of life through regular treatment. Treatments are designed to meet the needs of the individual regardless of age or condition and aim to bring balance and flexibility to the whole body.
Osteopathy can help the following conditions:
Sciatica and other trapped nerves
Muscle and joint pain/stiffness
Repetitive strain injuries
M.E./Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Children and Teenager Posture
Back and neck pain
Tension, Cervicogenic Headaches and Migraines
Tennis/ Golfers elbow
Face pain and jaw problems
Baby, infant and childhood conditions
Colicky babies, Constipation, Reflux
Lactation problems Weak suckling or Tongue Tie
Plagiocephaly (Flat heads)
Sticky eyes, Glue ear
Spasticity / Low Tone muscle
Chronic coughs and colds
Chronic Ear infections
Care during and after pregnancy
General maintenance for flexibility
General maintenance for circulation and optimal lymphatic drainage
Post surgery, scar tissue
It is important to mention that all Practitioners are individuals and there is no rule of thumb for any Practitioner; the longer a Practitioner has been practicing, the more unique and/or specialised their treatment will be.
Registered Osteopaths have a 4 year University degree in specific Osteopathic training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, differential diagnosis with emphasis in structural, visceral, and cranial modalities. Osteopaths rely predominately on palpation and testing to diagnose conditions. Osteopaths look to find health within the body and primarily treat the underlying cause and not the symptoms.
Physiotherapy typically focuses on a Patient’s specific complaint (e.g. A shoulder or knee pain). Physiotherapy utilises both manual and mechanical methods of treatment. Some Physiotherapists are non-diagnosing which means they will rely on a diagnosis from a Doctor and then treat accordingly. In both instances, treatments usually involve machine work with prescribed exercises.
Chiropractors focus mainly on the the spinal column and have special interest in the nerve supply to the body. Chiropractors usually rely on visual diagnostics such as X-Rays, MRI’s or line of sight. Manipulation of the spine and joints are techniques that are commonly used by Chiropractors.
Registered Osteopaths who perform cranial treatments have been trained in cranial osteopathic techniques during their 4 year University degree. The Cranial Academy in the USA has listed the differences between the two therapies http://cranialacademy.org