- Who practises osteopathy?
- What happens during an osteopathic consultation?
- Do you always have to 'click' joints?
- What are the effects of osteopathy?
- How many sessions will I need?
- I feel embarrassed about undressing in front of a stranger
- Are there any reasons I shouldn't seek osteopathy?
- I have private health insurance. How do I make a claim?
Are there any reasons I shouldn't seek osteopathy?
The most common conditions where osteopathy or massage should not be performed, or used with caution, are:
• Over areas that are infected, inflamed or painful.
• Over any lumps / bumps (i.e. if the lump is cancerous, massage could spread it). Those diagnosed with cancer should not receive treatment, except where full medical approval has been given
• Contagious / infectious skin conditions.
• Abdominal massage during pregnancy (particularly first 3 months) or first few days of menstruation.
Cardiovascular conditions, e.g. angina, haemophilia, high blood pressure, thrombosis (blood clots). Massage over varicose veins should be avoided.
• Bone and joint injuries like fractures and dislocations. In those who have had long recovery from a serious fracture, caution may be required.
• Care should be taken with those who have diabetes, as treatment can mimic exercise in terms of the change in blood sugar levels.
• Caution will be exercised in those with osteoporosis and those with conditions affecting the back, hip, shoulder or knee.
Please consult your GP / health practitioner for further guidance, especially if you have a condition that is already being treated by a medically qualified person.