Frequently Asked Questions

The osteopath will spend time during the initial visit taking a detailed case history. This will involve asking questions about your current symptoms and also about your general medical history. You may be asked to undress to your underwear in order for the osteopath to carry out a thorough examination. This will allow for your diagnosis and treatment plan to be devised tailored to your induvial needs.

Treatment can include a range of mobilising and manipulative techniques, stretching and muscle release, which decrease pain and help restore normal function, to facilitate the body's own healing process. The osteopath will explain what will be involved in your treatment and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Osteopathic treatment is not usually painful, although the nature of some conditions may induce some discomfort. Most techniques are gentle and when forming your treatment plan, the osteopath will take into account the nature of your symptoms and also any concerns you may have.

Your recovery rate depends of several factors including:

  • What your problem is
  • How long you have had the problem, and whether or not it is a recurrent injury
  • The degree of damage to affected tissues
  • The type of tissues affected (muscles, ligaments or joints)
  • How many areas are affected
  • The performing of any prescribed exercises given
  • Your ability rest if necessary (taking time off work or sport)

All patients are different and heal at different speeds. At South East Osteopathy our aim is to relieve you from pain and restore function as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Pain from a traumatic event such as lifting something heavy or an accident can appear suddenly. Pain may also be a result of an accumulation of stresses over weeks, months or years. Other contributing factors are repetitive movements, poor posture, sports injuries, compensatory problems resulting from previous injuries and sedentary lifestyles. Pain can have a considerable effect on occupation, sport, social and family life. The earlier an injury is assessed and treated the lesser these effects will be, and the quicker you can make a full recovery avoiding a more chronic condition. Commonly people only see a health care practitioner once they are actually in considerable pain, but there are some early warning signs to look out for to avoid potential injuries.
  • A decrease in muscle and joint flexibility, for example difficulty bending down to put your socks on or looking over your shoulder when driving
  • Constant aches
  • Feelings of stiffness
  • Decreased work or sports performance

If you have any further questions or need more advice call us on 01227 638059 or email at and we will be happy to help.