- 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?
Do you always have to 'click' joints?
Osteopaths can use a variety of techniques beyond pure joint manipulations. If you would rather not receive joint manipulation, then you have every right not to. Please mention this to your osteopath. The procedure, potential benefits and risks will always be explained and you may be asked to give verbal or written consent for some procedures.
An osteopath will always choose the most appropriate technique to the individual patient. A few examples include soft tissue manipulation ("massage"), muscle energy techniques (an advanced type of muscle conditioning to strengthen or lengthen muscles) and cranial osteopathy (a very gentle, subtle form of osteopathy) as well as advanced techniques like acupuncture and ultrasound. Your osteopath will advise you what is best and treat accordingly, or refer on if other skills are required.