At the first consultation, the osteopath will compile a full case history of your symptoms, as well as asking for information about your lifestyle and diet. The osteopath may also observe you making some simple movements to help them make a diagnosis. Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly-developed sense of touch, known as palpation, to determine conditions and identify the body's points of weakness or excessive strain. Osteopathy is a 'package' of care that includes skilled mobilisation and techniques such as manipulation of joints, soft tissue massage and cranial-sacral treatment, reinforced by guidance on diet and exercise.
The osteopath will discuss with you the most appropriate plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively. If the osteopath thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will be advised about how to seek further care. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and are trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP for appropriate investigation (e.g. x-ray, bloods and MRI scans ). Further management to other appropriate specialist practitioners can be arranged if needed.
First and subsequent appointments could take anything from 25 minutes up to 45 minutes. Click here for details of costs.
You may be asked to undress to your underwear depending on the symptoms you present. Please feel free to wear shorts or leggings if you prefer.