Dealing with bone, nerve, or mobility problems? You may need to consult an osteopath. Read on to know what an osteopath does and how to choose the right one for you.
What does an osteopath do?
An osteopath is a professional who specialises in treating problems with mobility caused by musculoskeletal, nervous or visceral issues. Osteopaths use their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, the nervous system and pathology of diseases to make the proper diagnoses and formulate the right treatment plan for each patient.
An osteopath identifies the blockages and problems in mobility. Once a diagnosis is made, he formulates a treatment plan that may include manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, muscle energy techniques and other treatments to promote the body’s self-healing abilities. To encourage healing, your practitioner may also prescribe dietary changes, home exercise, and lifestyle modifications.
Common complaints that most osteopaths handle include neck and back problems, joint problems such as frozen shoulders or frozen elbows, headaches, visceral issues like indigestion, heartburn, bloating and the like, and even functional and behavioural disorders in children.
How to Choose a Good Osteopath
Finding a good osteopath may mean going through a couple of names and recommendations before you know if one is the right fit for you. For starters, look for a practitioner who is licensed and certified to practice in your state. Physiotherapists, chiropractors and even nurses may hold a license to practice osteopathy and often integrate osteopathy into their current practice.
Ask your doctor for recommendations. You can also hunt online for local practitioners with good online feedback from past patients. It is a good idea to look for certain aspects of service such as ease of booking appointments, punctuality in providing services, the quality of patient treatment by staff, and the like. All of these are good indicators that the practitioner offers good service.
It is also wise to look at ease of parking and accessibility. You want to choose a practitioner who has a clinic in an area that is accessible to you especially if you are dealing with mobility problems. Give the clinic a call or visit in person to see how easy or difficult it is to find a parking space in the area.