What to expect
A complete case history will be taken by your osteopath. Questions will be asked about your symptoms, lifestyle, past and present health, medications (please bring a list if necessary) and any previous accidents even if you feel they are not related.
You may be asked to remove some items of outer clothing on examination so please wear something you are comfortable in and bring sports shorts if you prefer. This is to enable the practitioner to observe your posture and fluidity of movement. Orthopaedic testing will allow your osteopath to identify any restrictions. If necessary neurological testing will be carried out to eliminate any underlying pathology.
Osteopaths are trained to have a highly developed sense of touch (palpation) and this will be used to locate areas of restriction throughout your spine, joints and muscles.
A referral to your GP will be made if further investigation such as blood tests and/or x-rays are deemed necessary.
Following examination, a diagnosis and treatment plan will be discussed with you. If treatment is appropriate this may include soft tissue massage and stretching, articulation and/or manipulation (to mobilize joints) and muscle energy techniques (to release muscular tension).
Prevention advice will be offered which may include exercises, lifting techniques, postural advice and/or work space ergonomics, lifestyle changes, breathing and stress reduction to help maintain your own health and promote a good environment for self-healing.
Maintenance sessions can be organised to avoid future injury and create better health.
Patients are welcome to bring a chaperone if they wish to be accompanied.
Information discussed during consultation is in strict confidence.
All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
New patient consultations last approximately 1 hour and any follow up sessions needed require 30 minutes.
Re-assessments for existing patients with new presentations or existing patients who have not visited for over 12 months require 45 minutes.