Yes, like everything else in life. However, some osteopathic patients may not experience any side effects. However, like other forms of treatment, osteopathy also has its share of risks and side effects. There have been rare cases where osteopathic treatments have worsened patients' symptoms or pain.
When this happens, be sure to notify your osteopath right away. More information on the safety and regulation of osteopathy can be found on the NHS website. If you are concerned about ANY symptoms before or after osteopathic treatment, consult your doctor. If experienced osteopathic and chiropractic neck manipulations are as dangerous as some say, patients would fall like flies on a daily basis.
If a tutor hasn't been breathing into the neck of an osteopathic student every day for 5 years without stopping, then a practitioner is probably not as concerned about neck manipulations as osteopaths are in England. Therefore, it is not advisable to drive or operate heavy machinery after receiving osteopathic treatment. Because osteopathic treatment deals with muscle and joint manipulation, you are more likely to experience fatigue after treatment. We combine massage and gentle osteopathic techniques with a personalized exercise rehabilitation plan to get you back to doing what you love, painlessly as quickly as possible.
An osteopath is trained to recognize any condition that may discourage osteopathic treatment, so that a patient can be referred for appropriate medical intervention when needed.