Suitability for Osteopathy - Am I Suitable?


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Dr Andrew Taylor Still (who founded osteopathy in the 1874 in the USA) was famously stated that the only people who would not benefit from osteopathy are dead people! This is a highly egotistical thing to say about a treatment method (osteopathy) that he invented himself, however it does have a large element of truth to it.

Current or Past Medical Conditions and Osteopathy

It is generally true to say that there is no condition that would make you an unsuitable candidate for osteopathy. However, certain conditions (including past illnesses or current diseases) will need to be explained to your osteopath so that they can be taken into account. This is because your osteopathic treatment is tailored to you. During your first consultation with you osteopath all of your past medical conditions and current illnesses and injuries will be noted down by the osteopath. These conditions will be taken account of when your osteopath draws up your treatment plan so that your treatment will be tailored around any illnesses that prevent you (for example) doing certain stretches.

Age and Osteopathy

Osteopaths treat all ages of patients from new born babies and pregnant mothers to elderly men and women. This means that your age will never be a reason for you to not visit an osteopath. Again, your treatment will take your age and requirements into consideration and you will always be able to talk to your osteopath if you felt that they were asking too much or too little of you.

So, whether you are a 18 year old who does nothing but sit in front of a computer working or if you are an 81 year old yoga practising marathon running, your osteopath will be able to come up with a treatment plan that works for you.

Previous Surgery

During your first consultation with your osteopath you will be asked about your past medical history. You should be sure to include any surgical procedures that you have had done in the past. This is especially important if you had spinal surgery, had any rods or plates put into your bones or if your surgery is relatively recent and your wounds are still healing. This will allow your osteopath to ensure that your treatment does not have any negative effect on you.


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