“How often should I see an Osteopath?” is one of the most common questions we get asked about Osteopathic treatments. The answer varies depending on the individual’s presenting condition and personal health goals. However, a few guidelines may help you ascertain how often you should see an Osteopath.
It is important to know that Osteopathy focuses on improving the overall health and well-being of the patient, and most frequently, this will include the function of the musculoskeletal system. This makes it helpful for treating a wide range of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, and sports injuries.
Even so, treatment frequency depends on the severity of the condition, how long you had it, your medical history, and your overall health.
You will likely need to attend several sessions if you seek Osteopathic treatment for a specific injury or condition. Your Osteopath will be able to advise you on how many treatments you will need and over what duration, having undertaken a detailed consultation, examination of appropriate anatomy and your mobility and strength. For example, a mild sports injury may require as little as 1-2 treatments over a fortnight, while a more severe injury or chronic pain may require upwards of 3 months of weekly treatments.
However, once your condition has improved, you may be able to reduce the frequency of your osteopathic treatments.
However, it is essential to remember that prevention is better than cure. Regular effective treatments help prevent injuries and keep your body functioning optimally. As a result, many patients will visit every 3-4 weeks for a “maintenance treatment”.
Osteopathy is a holistic approach to therapy. As such, your Osteopath may recommend lifestyle changes. These may include exercise, modifications to daily activities and diet to help improve your overall health and prevent future injuries.
The frequency you should see an Osteopath depends on your needs and health goals. For example, attending regular sessions for several weeks or months might help if you seek treatment for a specific condition. You may then reduce visitation once your situation has improved.
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