First consultation (1hr): 50 Euros
Following consultations (45 min): 45 Euros
Babies (up to 1 year): 45 Euros/ 40 Euros
Special mom and baby: 80 Euros
We also have some partners contact us for more informations.
What to expect?
You do not need a referral from a doctor to be seen at the Rato Osteopathic Practice, although some patients do come to us following doctors advice.
Osteopaths treat the whole person so during the first consultation your osteopath will ask you a lot of questions to gain a good understanding of your complaint (known as a case history).
This is followed by a thorough examination, where you will be asked to undress to your underwear if you are happy to do so.You may be asked to perform some movements. your osteopath may move different parts of your body to see how they are functioning, or do additional tests.
This will allow the osteopath to make a specific osteopathic diagnosis and seek out any medical contra-indications.
The first consultation lasts between 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the type of symptom and complexity of the problem.
Some patients need only one appointment while others may have a course of treatment or return periodically for the long-term management of a condition. Normally the treatment of a patient is determined according to their progression rather than the prescription of a set number of treatment sessions.
The osteopathic techniques deal with mobility of each types of tissues of the human body (bony articulations, organs, fascias, membranes…).
We always choose the most suitable and most comfortable techniques according to each patient, depending on his age, state of health, the area of treatment and morphology of the person.
The techniques employed are non-invasive ones that work with the body, not against it, they should not be painful and should encourage the body to treat itself.
A wide range of techniques are available to us.
This approach is essentially on the musculoskeletal system, spine, joints, muscles, ligaments. The goal is to bring mobility to structures that aren’t moving normally. In the strucural approach, many techniques exists. From simple muscle inhibition to neuromuscular techniques (deep massage technique) through trigger points. After releasing the muscle we can stretch or use muscle energy technique.
For the joints, we use mobilization techniques and specific articular techniques, such as HVT and LVT (High / Low velocity thrust) which are the famous techniques that “crack “.
As you can see there are numerous techniques and they can be applied anywhere on the body. But although pain can be felt on the musculoskeletal system it may have another origin. The origin can be visceral for example.
The health of the organs are essential for the body to function well. They are connected to the musculoskeletal system by ligamentous attachments, fascia, nerves and fluid.
Allopathic medicine recognizes that some severe disease of the visceral system can lead to referred pain (liver to right shoulder pain and renal colic to low back pain…).
In osteopathy we consider that even minor disturbances of the organs can lead to a lack of mobility. This will have a significant influence on neighboring structures on a mechanical and neurological point of view.
The principle of these gentle techniques is to go towards the ease of movement, away from the area of restriction to relax the surrounding tissues in the treatment area thereby reducing pain and increasing mobility.
The Cranial approach:
Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle and effective form of treatment which uses very subtle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head.
It is particularly helpful in allowing the body to recover or ‘settle’ following any injury or trauma, including birth trauma for both mother and baby.
This form of osteopathy is suitable for all ages, and as it is so gentle, it is particularly appropriate for children and babies straight from birth.