What to expect at your appointment with an osteopath

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Allow a full hour for the initial consultation and treatment. For follow-up procedures, you may book a 30-minute appointment with an osteopath.

What to expect at your appointment with an osteopath?

During your first appointment, an osteopath will take a detailed case history. It will assist in making a diagnosis and allow a better understanding of your problem. Your lifestyle and physical stresses help aid a diagnosis. A review of your current health status is essential to help complete the picture and ensure that no underlying conditions exist that osteopathic treatment might aggravate after the appointment with an osteopath.

After the osteopath has taken your case history, you will have a structural examination. It is a visual and hands-on evaluation of the body while standing, sitting and lying down. It is, therefore, best performed with the patient in their underwear to allow a clear view of your structure.

You may choose to bring shorts and a sports top or wear a gown provided. You may ask to perform specific movements during your examination to assess the range of motion in the joints.

Examination at the appointment with an osteopath

After the investigation, the osteopath will discuss the findings and diagnosis, and treatment will begin. Soft tissue massage, mobilisations of joints, and manipulation are standard techniques we perform during the procedure.

Your comfort is essential and will guide the treatment after the appointment with an osteopath. Also, you may request a procedure modification to suit you for maximum comfort.

Treatment is a two-way process; therefore, communication is vital. Discuss this with the osteopath if something is uncomfortable or you are worried about any aspect of the procedure.

Your visit will conclude with recommendations for reducing symptoms between treatments and suggestions for activities, exercise, or lifestyle choices that will address any underlying imbalances to help further reduce symptoms and prevent future recurrence.


If you need to cancel your appointment with our osteopath, please contact us before 5 PM the day before your visit. A late cancellation fee will apply.