What should I expect when I go for an appointment with an Osteopath?
On your first visit, there is some time taken to complete a medical history, which will include questions about your general health and lifestyle as well as asking you about the symptoms or injuries that you are seeking help with. With your consent the osteopath will then perform a physical examination which is likely to involve the osteopath touching the areas of your body that are experiencing pain and asking you to move around. They may also look at test results, x-rays and scan reports if these are available.
What to expect when an Osteopath examines or treats you?
It may be necessary for the osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing, so that they can see and touch the areas of the body causing concern. If you are uncomfortable undressing to your underwear the osteopath may be able to suggest clothing, such as shorts and T shirt, or close fitting garments, that will enable the Osteopath to work effectively without making you feel uncomfortable, so please do discuss this. You are welcome to bring someone with you into the examination room if this puts you at ease and you may wish to seek an osteopath of the same sex as yourself, we can help you find an osteopath that suits your needs.
Osteopathic Diagnosis and Management Plan?
Then a diagnosis will be given and discuss a course of treatment with you. This may involve visiting them a few times for manual therapy, some exercises that you can do by yourself and some lifestyle changes. They will discuss the likely cost of this treatment and ask for your consent to begin treatment.
If the osteopath believes that your condition would not be improved with Osteopathy / Osteopathic Medicine they will refer you to your GP or another suitably qualified professional and may provide you with notes explaining their diagnosis and why we feel osteopathic treatment would not help you.