In general osteopathic treatment should not be painful. However in conditions where tissues have been chronically affected resulting in persistent tightness and stiffness, or in acute conditions, the patient may feel mild discomfort during certain specific techniques. Nonetheless your practitioner will always and only work within your tolerance level if any discomfort is to be felt.
Following treatment, the body is lifted from lesion patterns, chronic tissues and compensations regain their mobility, resulting in a change in function of the body systems. Thus patients commonly report feeling a sense of weightlessness and tiredness, and it is advised to rest in the hours following consultation. Similarly depending on the chronicity of the patterns, patients may feel sore for a period of up to two or three days after treatment, until the body has accepted and adjusted to the changes in the tissues.