How Often Should I Be Seeing My Osteopath? Or, Why Is It Important To Have Multiple Management Strategies?
We recommend that your osteopath is part of multiple investment strategies, and this is why we put such emphasis on self-management at Moreland Road Clinic Osteopathy.
If I am self-managing my symptoms, do I even need to come in and see my osteopath?
But if everything feels very familiar and there is nothing new or concerning (remember that you are the best expert on you and the best judge on what feels familiar), feel free to press on with your normal mobilisations, stretches, etc., and see if things settle after a few days. If you have any concerns at all though, please do see somebody to have those addressed.
Once things have settled down a bit, the emphasis will be placed more and more on your other strategies, preferably ones more under your control.
What about "maintenance treatment"?
The general suggestion at our clinic is that, if you receive your reminder text message and everything seems to be going well, respond to reschedule, and push it back by a number of weeks. That way your issues receive early and prompt intervention if required, but you do not attend unnecessary appointments.
It also helps to get around the “I’ve been meaning to book for ages, but haven’t gotten around to it” issue, which is of course also related to the problem of fitting in management strategies to already-busy lives.
An extended exercise session with your osteopath provides an opportunity to learn self-care strategies that fit in with your hobbies and life-constraints.