Osteopathy Faqs

Can I see an Osteopath during pregnancy?

Can I see an Osteopath during pregnancy? Osteopathy is a safe form of physical therapy through all stages of pregnancy. Your Osteopath will only use techniques and forms of treatment that will enhance your health and well-being. Osteopathic treatment is helpful in assisting the body to adapt to the postural changes and makes the pregnancy much more comfortable. An important part of preparation for childbirth is to ensure that the mothers pelvis is structurally balanced and able to allow the passage of the baby down the birth canal.

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Can a person who has had back surgery see an Osteopath?

Can a person who has had back surgery see an Osteopath? Osteopathy is beneficial for post-surgical rehabilitative care as it offers gentle, non-invasive treatment which promotes the natural healing processes of the body. In addition to this some people who have had spinal surgery experience a return of their original or similar symptoms months or years later. Osteopathy may help prevent repeated back surgery; in fact, if Osteopathic treatment is initially utilised back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.

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Can anyone call themselves an Osteopath?

Can anyone call themselves an Osteopath? Osteopaths practicing in South Africa all comply with the minimum standards of registration as stipulated by the Allied Health Professionals Council of South Africa. Practitioners who do not meet these standards are not permitted to practice Osteopathy or claim to be an osteopath in South Africa. Please be aware that some terms such as osteopractic, osteomyology and myosteopractic etc. do exist but essentially this is not osteopathy.

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How Can Osteopathy Help With DIY Injuries Sustained While DIY/Gardening?

Each year many thousands of people become acutely injured as a result of DIY and odd jobs on their house and garden. These can include back pain, neck pain and repetitive strain injury. DIY can be a strenuous, and can exercise muscles that have not been used for a long time. This can lead to injuries such as Elbow strain(extensor teninopathy) from use of screw driver, weeding and digging.

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How many treatments will I need?

How many treatments will I need? Some patients have instant relief. Others discover it can take more time. Many factors can affect your recovery such as your age, how long you’ve had the problem, severity, your daily demands and general condition of your body. Whilst every patient reacts differently, your osteopath will be able to advise you on your likely recovery time. In most cases you will feel a definite change for the better early on in your treatment.

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Is the treatment for each patient the same?

Is the treatment for each patient the same? We take a holistic approach when diagnosing our patients, ensuring the treatment is tailored to the individual needs of patients, taking into account your lifestyle, age and general health. This is based on years of training, experience, and the patients personal health goals. The techniques utilised depend very much on the severity of the problem, health of the tissues, age and the nervous tension of the patient.

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Other Questions

There are many other questions that are frequently asked, for example; What is the best position to sleep in? How often should I do exercises? Are there any supplements I should take for my joints? What is a slipped disc? What causes sciatica? All these questions plus other queries and whether Osteopathy can help you can be answered if you call the clinic. We are always happy to discuss your case personally over the telephone before you book a consultation on +27 21 715 9999.

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What Are The Benefits Of Osteopathy For The Workplace/Bad Posture From Spending Time Behind The Desk?

What Are The Benefits Of Osteopathy? Millions of working days are lost each year through back pain and RSI (repetitive strain injury), at great cost to the economy. Timely and appropriate osteopathic preventative care would save your business many of these lost work days. Millions of working days are lost each year through back pain and RSI (repetitive strain injury), at great cost to the economy. Timely and appropriate osteopathic preventative care would save your business many of these lost work days.

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What Is The Difference Between An Osteopath (Osteopathy) And A Chiropractor (Chiropractic)?

Originally Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, an American medical doctor. One of Dr Still’s students was Daniel David Palmer who founded Chiropractic in 1895. The association between Dr Still and Palmer is not usually mentioned in accounts of the history of Chiropractic. Despite these early links, Osteopathy & Chiropractic are now quite different. Philosophy, Treatment Objective And Diagnosis A shared philosophy for osteopathy and chiropractic is the importance of the integrity of the spine in ensuring good health.

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What Is The Difference Between Cranial Osteopathy And Cranio-Sacral Therapy?

All Osteopaths complete up to 5 years medical degree training and in South Africa are registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa .This qualifies them to practice osteopathy and in South Africa under the title of Doctor. The basic training of cranial osteopathic technique is given during the medical degree, but some Osteopaths specialise at post graduate level. Guy has attained a Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, UK which included experience at Barnet General Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and children’s wards.

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