Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle hands on techniques. Treatment varies between patients depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis, but often focuses on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. Before you receive treatment your Osteopath and you will jointly decide an appropriate and suitable treatment plan. This will also consist of advice on managing your problem too, like how to manage your daily routine, heat or cold application, specific exercises and information about you problem. Occasionally osteopathic techniques can result in an audible ‘click’, this is perfectly normal. Research evidence shows that these manipulations can have beneficial effects, especially in the back, helping you to return to normal activity.