St Albans Osteopath Harpenden Radlett

What is an Osteopathic Treatment?

Osteopathic principles

Osteopathic treatments can vary in content, depending on both the patient and osteopath. However, the principles of osteopathy are consistently applied by all osteopaths.

Osteopathy follows a set of principles; these are outlined in the TMO Methodology page. The osteopathic principles are integrated into our methodology, alongside other concepts from exercise and naturopathy.

Osteopathic treatment

When planning a patient treatment, we consider, what will be effective to treat the patient’s condition, and what is safe for the patient.

Importantly, patient preference is a major consideration that may influence the treatment a patient receives. However, this is never allowed to override an osteopathic rational and treatment efficacy.

An example of how this may affect a patient’s treatment is the use of medical acupuncture. It may be felt that medical acupuncture is an appropriate modality to treat a patient’s lower back pain. But if the patient has a needle phobia, it’s unlikely they would agree to medical acupuncture in their treatment. In which case alternative treatments would be offered.

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