During your Initial Consultation your Osteopath will take a complete medical history taking time to ask you questions and listening to you describe any problems you may have. You will be asked for example details on lifestyle, serious illnesses, past and current injuries, medication you are currently taking and any scans you may have had. It is always very useful to bring along any x-rays or results of investigations.
You may be asked to remove items of clothing or undress to your underwear if necessary. If this makes you uncomfortable many patients like to wear shorts or loose clothing, towels and blankets are also available to cover you up.
Your Osteopath will then ask you to perform some simple movements to determine function and examine you using a variety of Osteopathic, Orthopedic and Neurological assessments. The Osteopath will then discuss the diagnosis with you and an appropriate treatment plan.
Treatment generally involves massage, stretching, tissue and joint mobilisation techniques. Osteopaths do have differing styles and specialisms which may include things like cranial or functional techniques, acupuncture and needling techniques. Your Osteopath will discuss any choices with you and gain your full consent for any techniques performed. Following the treatment exercises will be given to help you to continue to rehabilitate your injury, speeding your recovery time.
It is quite common for people to feel achy following a treatment in the same way you may after exercise. More serious treatment reactions are very uncommon and if you have any concerns please discuss these with one of our Osteopaths.
It is important to remember that if you would feel more comfortable bringing a chaperone with you we are always very happy to accommodate them.