Osteopathy is a hands-on approach to treating the Musculoskeletal system. Although your Osteopath’s main aim is to reduce your pain and symptoms by addressing structural ‘dysfunction,’ they look for and correct the cause of the problem with specific techniques.

Many people may feel good after an Osteopathic treatment, experiencing some amount pain relief in an area that was painful. Usually the treatment given continues to have an effect over a few days, which is why we will always encourage you to ‘take it easy’ and rest after a treatment to allow your body the necessary time to heal properly, even if you feel completely pain free.

It is not uncommon after any physical therapy, including Osteopathic care, to continue to experience some symptoms or even feel sore or tired. Sometimes the symptoms may become worse before they become better. Should you feel a bit sore and achy after your treatment, this feeling should ease within a couple of days, as your body adjusts to the changes that may have been made through treatment. If you feel concerned, or your pain is worse then you should call and speak with your Osteopath. We would always prefer that you call us to let us know how you feel – we will often be able to tell you what to do or not to do that can help or decide if it is something separate form the treatment and may need further attention.

The Osteopaths at MOVE Osteopathy, depending on your condition, may prescribe the use of heat pack, cold packs, stretches, exercises, rest,  over-the-counter analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications to support the treatment. Following the advice you have been given should help your condition recover faster. If you are unsure or you think it is not supporting your recovery please call your Osteopath to discuss and clarify what they have advised.

Patients often wonder how many treatments they are going to need in order to feel better. Sometimes this is hard to answer after the first treatment. The time and amount of treatment can be variable for each individual depending on their condition, lifestyle, age. As we see how you are responding to treatment/s we will endeavour to give you a clearer prognosis.

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