What to expect with your osteopath
You can either go online or phone to book your appointment. When you arrive you will need to go up a flight of stairs and wait in the waiting room where your practitioner will meet you.
Your first consultation will take up to an hour and will involve the taking of a full case history which includes information about your presenting complaint as well as your medical history. Some patients may find this tedious and be keen for treatment to start but being so thorough gives us a better indication as to the cause of your problem and how best to treat it. All of your details will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
After this you will be asked to undress to your underwear. This helps the practitioner to observe any dysfunctions in your body, it is much easier to note asymmetries and postural imbalances that clothes would hide and therefore maximises the benefits of your treatment. However, if you are not comfortable with this, we ask that you bring shorts/leggings and an elasticated top to change into.An osteopathic examination is then completed and, when necessary, orthopaedic and neurological testing. This will usually provide us with an in-depth understanding as to how your body is functioning and what we need to do to restore healthy function or will be able to advise you to contact your GP for further investigations such as X-rays, MRI scans, urine and blood tests if necessary.
Treatment varies from person to person depending on their condition, what imbalance is found within their body and what treatment type best suits them. This will include articulation, soft tissue techniques, functional techniques, cranial techniques, manipulation and visceral techniques. It is important to know that there are many ways to address a condition and, as such, if you are not comfortable with a certain technique it is important that you tell your practitioner as they will be happy to try other methods.
Further treatments will be approximately half an hour in duration and will require a much less thorough case history and examination and will focus more on treatment.
The number of treatments also depends on your complaint although generally if you have suffered for a long period of time the tissues are chronic and fibrous and take longer to return to their neutral position whereas more acute episodes generally require fewer appointments. This will all be discussed with you after your first appointment.