When Should I See An Osteopath?
When should I go to an Osteopath?
You can go to an osteopath at any time (in working hours). The Medway Clinic is open for phone calls 01634 814700 from 8am. Even at weekends and holidays. We close at 9pm. Just ring up and make an appointment. There is no need for a referral.
What can osteopathy do for me?
Depends what is wrong with you, if anything. Osteopathy is a system of treatment that attempts to help the body (the individual) adapt to its environment by making changes in the state of the body (and possibly the environment) to reduce the effect of stress on the body.
Osteopathy can treat stress?
Yes. If stress can be thought of as that load placed upon an individual, gravital, dietetic, emotional, habitual or sudden that the person has to adapt to to cope.
The total load upon you can be such that your immune system starts to fail to keep you well and you succumb to disease.
One example involves heart disease -
There is a saying in Cardiology: “If the circulation fails the heart won’t be far behind.” Blood returns to the heart with the help of a negative pressure in the chest when you breathe in. The heart works less hard providing blood to the rest of the body when more blood is returned to it, stretching its walls and allowing an efficient contraction. A flexible ribcage can help this process and an osteopath can help the ribs and thoracic spine become more flexible. A rigid ribcage, combined with too much fat in the abdomen and poor return drainage from the legs can all combine to make the heart work harder. Walking can help but if a painful leg or back discourages this problems can accumulate.
Do I have to be ill to see you, and can there be any benefits to treatment if I feel fine?
Some people prefer to wait until they are having problems before they visit, others like to keep themselves "tuned up” and more fit to cope with whatever life will throw at them. Feeling fine can precede having problems by a whisker or you might stay feeling fine forever. We are here to help if you need or want it.
Will I have to keep coming back?
The choice is always yours. We take no fees up front. When you feel you no longer need help talk it over with us.
What will happen when I arrive?
A case history will be taken and if that suggests treatment will be useful to you then an examination will be carried out. You frequently but not always need to undress to your underwear for the physical tests to be carried out. If the osteopath still thinks there can be some benefit to you from treatment then treatment can go ahead, usually immediately.
Will I have to wait for an appointment?
Not usually. We can fit people in for emergencies before booked appointments start daily and in the middle of the day that is kept free for the same. If you arrive early or the previous patient is overrunning we have a waiting room equipped with a tea and coffee machine.
What can you cure?
No-one knows. The research that has been done is of dubious value, both for and against. J.M. Littlejohn, the Scotsman who founded the first British School of Osteopathy, when asked what the limits of osteopathy were, replied “We don’t know.”