Osteopathic treatment involves manual techniques, including soft tissue techniques (myofascial therapy), passive and active stretches, combined with mobilizations and Osteoarticular manipulations (known as Osteopathic manipulations or high velocity, low amplitude techniques).
The treatment is extremely effective and conducted with the assistance of the patient (with your consent), and always tailored to the needs of each patient.
To project a proper sequence of treatments, the Osteopath will also offer a functional management program to prevent a repetition of the complaints that brought the patient to the Osteophatic consultation.
The Osteopaths analyze all patient’s functional aspects, such as using a variety of techniques that recognize the multiple factors contributing to balance and health. To this end, the Osteopaths can also provide advice on diet, exercise, attitude and many other aspects of daily life.
This solidarity and integrated approach complements the natural functions of the body, helping the patient achieve the highest possible level of health and success.
The assessment, diagnosis and osteopathic treatment … how it is?
Before the physical examination, and then in the early stages of consultation, it is essential to make a full case history (clinical interview), because this moment is one of the most important stages to reach the Osteopathic diagnosis.
Then, for a physical examination, you will be asked to stay in your underwear (when needed and if the patient is comfortable, and always if your agreement). Thereby, enables the Osteopath global and integrative examination, considering the relevance of the different parts of the body associated with the present complaints.
You can always use a tap if so desired and are more comfortable.
In the physical examination, you may be asked to perform some movements, as your Osteopath may have to mobilize some structures in your body (such as the joints), in order to assess, for example, its function and mobility.
Depending on the individual case, it may be necessary to run additional tests, such as neurological and orthopedic tests and also it can be necessary to have blood pressure measurement (etc.).
As soon as the Osteopath has completed physical examination he explains to the patient all essential parameters, where includes the Osteopathic diagnosis.
The patient will be informed of the cause of the symptoms (of complaints) and how the Osteopath may intervene to resolve or minimize this clinical picture.
All the treatment options, effects and objectives are explained to the patient, such as how the techniques of treatment can exert the effects needed to intervene in the complaints of the patient.
There are different techniques of treatment in Osteopathy, such as different types of treatment that the Osteopaths can use.
In this way, the treatment is different for each patient, but can include techniques such as:
Myofascial therapy, joint mobilization to free the joint tissues involved, stretching, harmonic techniques, among many other therapeutic approaches.
Sometimes, when it is necessary, we mobilize a joint (inside the physiological barrier), performing a thrust technique (Osteopathic manipulations), in order to restore the function of the affected joint.
Eventually, it may be suggested some specific exercises, insert a proper diet and running some postural work, always adjusted to each case.
If you have any questions during the anamnesis, assessment, diagnose or treatment, or even after the treatment, plase call us. We would be very happy to help you.
How to choose an osteopath
All Osteopaths with higher education have to be register to practice in Portugal, to provide safe and effective care.
What can you expect from an osteopath
Your Osteopath must:
- Provide a professional service;
- Discuss the treatment options and agree to some treatment goals with the patient;
- Provide information about your treatment program;
- Explain all treatments and prognosis;
- Respect the rights, dignity, privacy, feelings and cultural customs of the patients;
- Respect the confidentiality of your professional relationship;
- Communicate with your doctor, if necessary.