How long will my treatment take?

The most important part of any treatment is the original diagnosis which needs to be both accurate and complete. This means that we need to find what is the main problem and what are secondary or associated factors. In osteopathic terms these are called the primary presenting complaint and the maintaining factors.

The longer the problem has taken to develop, the more treatment and assistance will be needed to help resolve the complaint.

Management of acute mechanical pain usually lasts between 7 - 10 days, but it can be shorter in some instances. Chronic pain pattern problems can take considerably longer.

Normally a patient will notice some improvement within the first 2 - 3 treatments.

Why do some people heal quicker?

This is a really interesting area for further research. Firstly, some individuals seem to naturally have a rapid tissue repair mechanism. They also apply themselves to whatever exercises or other activities they are given to improve flexibility and circulation.

Frequently there can be genetic factors influencing the speed of recovery, and in addition several general conditions may act to slow tissue repair. These include diabetes, hormonal imbalance, excessive weight, auto-immune disease and trauma history.

Do prescribed drugs influence treatment?

We do not recommend changing any prescribed drugs without consulting the practitioner who advised them initially.

It is important, however, to be fully aware of the possible side effects of your prescription, and decide wether they are really assisting in the management of the problem.

It is the patient's responsibility to ultimately decide on what is their preferred approach, taking all opinions into account.

Prescribed Medication and Painkillers

As part of the case history taken during the initial consultation, you will be asked to provide details of prescribed medication. You should also detail any other supplements, vitamin products or herbal remedies that you may be taking.

We would always advise consulting your GP should you decide to change your medication, for whatever reason.

There are some medications that reduce the effectiveness of the treatment methods used by osteopaths. Low level (cold) laser, therapeutic ultrasound and acupuncture all have reduced therapeutic value when used in conjunction with both steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAI's), including aspirin and Ibuprofen.

Steroids and NSAI's slow down and alter the inflammatory processes which are seen when tissue repair is needed after injury. All osteopathic techniques are designed to promote optimal healing. We therefore try to decrease or stop the use of all drugs which may, in the short term, reduce pain, but in the long term negatively affect the body's ability to repair naturally.