During your first consultation, your Osteopath will take you through a simple case history relating to your complaint. We want to figure out what has happened to you and more importantly, why has it happened. In order to get to the root of your problem, we will have to ask you about the history of your presentation, previous injuries and your past medical history. The aim behind this is to build a well-rounded picture of what is going in within your body and how your lifestyle and environment is affecting it.
With your consent, a full examination will then be carried out. We will assess your posture, mobility and how you move through simple movements and stretches. Primarily osteopathy is a “hands on” model of treatment, therefore examination will require us to palpate the areas within your body that may be experiencing pain as well as other areas that may be contributing to dysfunction. Our hands are our diagnostic tools and we possess a highly developed sense of touch that we use to identify areas of stress and strain within the body’s tissues.
Depending on the results of our assessment, we may carry out further clinical tests such as blood pressure, neurological screening or we may listen to your lungs or heart. This is all routine procedure to ensure you are healthy and well before continuing with treatment. In some cases, if we feel that osteopathy is not the best approach for you at that time, we may refer you back to your GP or another healthcare professional for further testing or imaging.
Once we have examined we will then have a chat about our diagnosis and give you a clear explanation of what we think is going on. If osteopathic treatment is suitable for you, we will discuss this and propose a management plan suitable to your specific needs.
With your consent, treatment can then begin. Our treatment techniques are primarily hands-on and involve manipulation and articulation of the spine and joints, soft tissue techniques, cranial techniques and medical acupuncture. We will always explain to you the benefits and risks of using specific techniques and always ask permission. Please feel free to ask questions at any time during the consultation whether you are unsure or just curious.
It is common to feel sore following a treatment, sometimes the pain can change or move in presentation. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
You are more than welcome to bring a chaperone to your first and subsequent consultations.
What should I wear to a treatment?
Ideally you should dress in comfortable clothing/underwear to allow for exposure of the affected area(s) during assessment and treatment. For men, we recommend sports shorts and for women depending on the area of complaint, sportswear such as shorts/leggings/vests or a sports bra.
Please be aware that sometimes we may ask you to remove certain items of clothing but if at any point you are not comfortable to do so please make us aware and we will do our best to work around your concerns. Your comfort and relaxation is our priority during treatment.