At the first consultation, we will compile a full case history of your symptoms, as well as asking for information about your lifestyle and diet.
Please bring details of any prescribed medication or supplements you are taking. If you have any recent relevant X-rays, scans or medical reports please bring these with you.
The osteopath may also observe you making some simple movements to help them make a diagnosis. You will usually be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined. We respect that for religious and other reasons, some people may not be comfortable to do so, in which case, please bring loose clothing, such as jogging pants and a t-shirt to wear then the treatment can be modified to be done through the clothing.
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 mobilising and manipulative techniques, reinforced by guidance on diet and exercise.
The osteopath will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively.
You will receive treatment on your first visit unless the osteopath thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, in which case you will be advised about how to seek further care. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP
Whilst most people feel some relief after a treatment, it is not uncommon to feel a little uncomfortable at some point after the treatment as the body adapts to the changes made by the therapy. This is known as a ‘treatment reaction’ and the osteopath will discuss the possibility of it happening. The techniques used during treatments are tailored to your individual body type in order to minimise any possible discomfort. You will be given information on how to manage the discomfort, should it occur. If you have any concerns, please call or email for advice.
The majority patients require 3-6 treatment sessions. We prefer to see patients one week after the first treatment, with intervals increasing to match your progress. If the condition can be resolved in one treatment, then that is all that would be required however the condition can only heal as fast as the body will allow.
Every patient responds differently and your osteopath will discuss with you the anticipated course of treatment, your prognosis and realistic expectations for recovery. In some cases where the problems being addressed cannot be expected to resolve (work demands, old injuries, structural changes) it may be recommended that treatment is given at regular intervals on a long term basis to maintain the function and keep symptoms at bay as far as possible.