Frequently Asked Questions

An initial session is up to 60 minutes. To be thorough, I need time to find out about what contributes to your problem, complete an assessment of your movement, and start the treatment process towards the end of the session.

Albeit rare, with more complex cases I may need the full hour for discussion and assessment. It is vital to get as much information as possible before deciding a treatment plan. I will discuss this with you should you fall into that category.

Ideally a vest top and well-fitting shorts. Especially during a first appointment it can be useful to see the skin, to better detect areas of swelling and inflammation.

Please do not wear jeans or loosely fitted shorts. For ladies, please make sure you wear a bra underneath the vest top.

When you will feel better depends on which stage of healing you are in. While your body is still undergoing an inflammatory process, you may have a delayed improvement instead of an immediate one.

If your problem is mostly tension related, improvements are likely to be immediate.

I will discuss with you what stage you are most likely to be in and how you may respond to your treatment.

This answer depends entirely on your medical and injury history as well as your ability to rest and recover between sessions.
If the problem is caused by an activity or stressor, you encounter regularly, healing may take longer.

It also depends on your goal, if you would like to just get over the initial pain stage of a problem, you need fewer sessions.
Should you choose to work on exercises and more in depth management strategies to avoid recurrence, you will take longer.

There is no answer that fits every person; however, most people need between 4-6 sessions to get over the initial pain stage. Should you chose to delve into deeper underlying causes, we offer discounted treatment packages for prepaid sessions, to help you make that possible

Whether or not Osteopathy causes side effects, depends on your unique set of circumstances.
For example, if your body has an active inflammatory process, you are likely to feel tired and sometimes slightly more uncomfortable for 1-2 days after treatment, before feeling better.

If you are highly stressed, you may find yourself feeling tired after a session.
In rare cases, you may experience different pains or discomforts than before, that is often due to your problem having multiple layers. Removing 1 layer may reveal the next layer which you were previously unaware of. That is entirely normal and will resolve as we move through the layers.

You are likely to benefit from rest and some specific exercises in between sessions.

Our promise here at Qibodywisdom is that we will not force you or guilt you into exercise if you don’t want to.
If you have a strong dislike for exercise, please discuss this with me and together we will come up with strategies to improve how you move during the day without having to “exercise”. Small changes accumulate and can go a long way to help you manage a problem.

I am here to help you improve your life in a way that suits you; not convince you to live like I do.

100%!
There are some universal things everyone can benefit from - for example improved breathing, regular movement through the day, but my job is to find out what makes you and your body tick.
Apart from your pain and movement, we discuss what else in your life might be contributing to your unique set of symptoms. How well do you sleep, how happy are you in your life (job, family etc).

What advice and treatment you receive is 100% made just for you. I collaborate with hypnotherapists and other professionals to get you the best combination of treatment.

Chances are yes. Most surgical outcomes can be improved by
a. Getting as strong as possible before surgery to reduce muscle and fitness loss post-surgery.
b. Emotional support before surgery – it has been shown the more positive you feel about your surgery, the better the outcome – when you come in, I will tell you about some fascinating studies that have been conducted on this subject. It will blow your mind.
c. Minimize compensations in your body. Any injury- especially long term creates changes in your movement – by keeping you mobile before surgery, we can get you back to your best self after the surgery

Maybe. Why maybe? Taking pain killers is a double-edged sword.

Pain is there for a reason, i.e. to stop you doing what may be harming you (that is not always the case - read more here.

If you take pain killers and continue doing the activity that caused a problem to begin with, you are likely to make it worse. Taking pain killers early after an injury has actually been shown to delay the overall time you need to heal. It reduces inflammation, a vital process of healing. Inflammation is a natural casting and healing process. Swelling and pain stop you using the injured area to give the body a chance to do its repairs.

Think of an injury as a pothole in a road (if you live in England, you are very familiar with those).
To be able to repair it, you can’t keep driving over it. That lane needs closing and the hole filling in before you can drive over it. If you chose to ignore said whole and attempted road closures (i.e., inflammation) and continue driving over the same pothole, you are going to deepen that pothole. Eventually you have no more choice other than to repair it, by which time it will take much longer.

There are other causes of pain that are not related to inflammation in which case, taking pain killers may be a good idea. When you come in for an assessment, I will discuss with you whether taking pain killers is a good idea in your case or not.

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