Allow a full hour for the initial consultation and treatment. For follow up procedures, a 30-minute appointment is usually booking. What to expect at your appointment with an osteopath?
At 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 are useful in helping 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 might be aggravated by osteopathic treatment 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. And 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 you can wear a gown provided. You may ask to perform specific movements during your examination to assess the range of motion in the joints.
After the investigation, the osteopath will discuss the findings and diagnosis, and treatment will then begin. Soft tissue massage, mobilisations of joints, and manipulation are standard techniques that we perform during the procedure.
Your comfort is essential and will be a guide to the treatment after the appointment with an osteopath. You may request a modification of the procedure to suit you and for maximum comfort.
Treatment is a two-way process, and communication is vital. If there is something uncomfortable or worrying about any aspect of the procedure, discuss this immediately with the osteopath.
Your visit will conclude with recommendations of ways to reduce symptoms between treatments and suggestions for activities or exercise or lifestyle choices that will address any underlying imbalances to help further reduce symptoms and prevent future recurrence.