Osteopathy treatment and aftercare advice

What should I bring?

When you come for your Osteopathy treatment please bring with you a detailed list of any medication you are taking. If you are not sure, bring the bottles to show the Osteopath. Many drugs have complicated and sometimes similar sounding names. It is important that we know exactly the type of medication you have. And don’t forget that laxatives, sleeping pills and the contraceptive pill (including HRT) all come under ‘medication’. It is also helpful if you are taking any herbal or homeopathic treatment to let us know.

It is also helpful if you jot down the history of your problem, in chronological order, noting any treatments or X-rays you may have had. This makes it easier to give your history especially if its a long and complicated one.

If you have been given any orthopedic aids, e.g. collars, splints, etc, please bring them with you, even if it didn’t help the symptoms it all helps to understand the condition.

What should I wear?

If you have a back, shoulder or neck problem, the Osteopath will want to examine the whole spine. Gentlemen please wear comfortable underpants. Ladies please wear a back fastening bra and pants to change into, although other suitable clothing would be a tight fitting gym/ sports wear, as long as the Osteopath can see your posture and access the spine and joints easily enough.

Many spinal conditions refer pain into the legs, arms or head so don’t be surprised if the Osteopath wishes examines the whole back, especially after any falls or car accidents, as some injuries may not give you symptoms immediately but may develop after some days or weeks. If you have acute back or neck pain, do wear clothes that can be easily removed, e.g. slip-on shoes if you have a back problem, a cardigan or shirt if you have a neck or shoulder problem.

Post Osteopathy treatment and aftercare

What shouldn’t I do after treatment?

After treatment it is not advisable to do any lifting or carrying and if possible no heavy shopping, housework or strong exercise.

Following the muscles will be relaxed and the joints loosened up. If you over strain yourself at this time the injury could aggravate your problem or even do further damage. If you are currently working while have treatment, then try and rest it in your break times. Those of you with back and neck problems will find the following exercise helpful: Lie on your back with a small pillow for your head and bend your knees up so that your feet are flat on the floor. This can be most beneficial if done for only 10-15 minutes in a coffee break or lunch hour. It allows the spinal muscles to rest, something they cant do if your standing or sitting.

Will I feel sore after treatment?

Many patients feel better straight away, some feel slightly worse for some time (thus is usually a sign of release of inflammation and can be in the form of tiredness, headache or soreness for a day or two). Some patients depending on existing factors, take longer, though this may be as old patterns are addressed and thus the effects of the treatment last longer. If you do not improve or get much worse then it is always best to contact the practice or practitioner, this way they will be able to give you advice or bring your appointment forward.

* Drink plenty of water per day. Listen to the body. Avoid the gym or strenuous work. If travelling, stop to stretch frequently.*

Bed rest

This means lying down, either in bed or on the floor if you find it comfortable. You can get up to eat your meals or go to the toilet, but that is all. It does not mean sitting in a chair or just pottering at home. listen to the body and rest accordingly in symmetrical, open positions. At night its advisable to sleep on the back, if possible. This is neutral and symmetrical for the spine, shoulders, hips, etc.

Exercise

Although its not advisable to exercise through pain, many back and neck conditions are improved by regular exercise. Most sedentary workers suffer from spinal problems because they are simply unfit, there muscles are of such poor quality that they cant support the spine and cause aching through fatigue. Swimming is an excellent exercise, but for those who cant swim, any varied sensible exercise is better than nothing. Brisk walking, light weight training or aerobics if started gently and under the correct tuition can help. Do take exercise at least twice a week and keep it as varied as possible. All this can be discussed with your Osteopath, who will advise you on what sports are best for you and what to avoid. So you can go about getting fit safely.

Ice packs

An ice pack can be made up of anything of the following:

Crushed ice cubes in a plastic bag or hot water bottle.

A packet of frozen peas wrapped in a pillow case or a thin cloth (never put anything straight from the freezer onto your skin).

Or a flannel wrung out in some ice water.

Ice will reduce swelling and inflammation which will ease the pain. In the same way you would pack a sprained ankle with ice to stop the swelling and inflammation, you can treat other joint, especially the spine, to give the same relief.

Heat can sometimes aggravate joint and spinal conditions. If this is so, try an ice pack. You can apply the ice for about five minutes, every few hours. Little and often seems to work better. In acute conditions you can ice pack every hour or so. Some shoulder and knee problems can be particularly troublesome at night, if this is the case then try ice packing last thing at night before you go to bed.

  • Keep in mind while you still need treatment IF IT HURTS, DONT DO IT. IF IN DOUBT – DONT.

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