It is helpful to wear loose fitting comfortable clothing (i.e. no jeans).
Expect to be treated with dignity and respect.
Your first appointment
You will be asked questions about your general health, medical history and current symptoms. There may also be questions about lifestyle factors such as work and exercise so that the osteopath can get a clear picture of how you use your body.
If you have any details of medical conditions, test results or x-rays/scans please feel free to bring these along. Similarly if you currently take any medications it is a good idea to write down their names and the dose you take, and bring this information to your appointment.
The osteopath will want to look at your standing posture and the way that your body moves so you may be asked to perform some movements. You may also be asked to remove some items of clothing to aid the examination. Your comfort and wellbeing is crucial to the whole process. Please feel free to ask questions at any time.
Using your information and a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology, the osteopath will explain to you why your symptoms are likely to have presented themselves. The osteopath will then discuss the benefits, risks and alternatives to treatment. If it is considered that your treatment would be better under-taken by another health professional then a referral for appropriate services can be arranged.
If you agree to treatment expect it to be gentle and non-invasive. It will generally involve some combination of soft tissue massage, joint articulation and gentle manipulation. Advice on posture and exercise can be included. A collaborative treatment plan can be created to set out achievable outcomes within an agreed timeframe.
You will be asked about any changes to your health and wellbeing since your last visit. During these appointments the osteopath will assess your progress and continue your treatment as described above. The treatment plan can be reviewed and updated with regards to your progress.