Osteopathy and Pilates - FAQs
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What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a type of non-invasive manual therapy that uses a combination of articulatory, soft tissue and manipulation techniques to improve body mechanics and help to reduce joint and/ or muscle pain.
How do you qualify?
Minimum of 4 years university degree.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise created by Joseph Pilates to help physical mobility, strength (particularly focusing on core control), posture and mental awareness.
What will the first Osteopathy session involve?
A thorough case history will be taken including general past medical history and about the current complaint to ensure that a patient is safe to treat. An assessment of the current complaint will be done. Often it will involve the patient needing to undress to their underwear to ensure that the Osteopath can see fully what is happening to the body. Provided it is safe to go ahead, treatment will then be given, sometimes along with exercises at the end. As changes have been made to the body through treatment, there is always the possibility of some aching up to 24 hours afterwards. This is perfectly natural but you are always encouraged to get in touch if you have any queries.
What will the first 1-2-1 Pilates session involve?
In order to create a beneficial and individualised Pilates plan, the initial session will involve a case history discussion and postural assessment, as well as finding out what your goals are from doing Pilates. We will then run through the basics of Pilates, although this will vary depending on previous experience. Each Pilates session involves some warm up movements, the main Pilates exercises and some cool down stretches. Depending on previous experience, the first session may be more focused on explaining the basics and assessment than on the main Pilates exercises.
What is the difference between a Chiropractor and an Osteopath?
The course that they study. Chiropracty is still a manual therapy but chiropractors use a slightly different doctrine to work within.
Do Osteopaths also do the "cracking" manipulations?
Osteopaths are trained to do these techniques which are called "High velocity thrusts". The sound is usually the gas forming in the joint. Practitioners, however, assess the need for them at each consultation and they will only be carried out with a patient's informed consent when it is thought to be needed.
Is it regulated?
Simple answer? Yes. Our governing body is the General Osteopathic Council and they act as regulators to make sure that not just anyone can call themselves an Osteopath. They are there to process complaints from the public and, if your own Osteopath cannot help, answer questions that you may have about the process of Osteopathy.