What to expect
At the initial consultation the Osteopath will take a detailed case history of your medical background and current symptoms as well as an examination to inform the diagnosis and treatment plan.
Treatment can often start at the initial consultation however there are occasions when it is appropriate to refer for further investigations or to seek advice from your GP before commencing treatment. You should allow an hour for the initial consultation.
Will I need to undress?
Examination and treatment requires visual assessment as well as palpation (a highly developed sense of touch), and as such it is often useful for you to move or remove a top or trousers.
You will never be asked to undress fully and you are welcome to wear comfortable loose fitting clothes which can be moved easily.
Will treatment be painful?
Most people who have Osteopathic treatment feel more comfortable afterwards, however occasionally treatment can cause a short term increase in pain or discomfort, which may last for 24-48 hours. If this occurs and you feel concerned, it is important that you speak to the practitioner to seek advice.
When this happens it is often helpful to rest or apply ice, but your osteopath will be best placed to advise you.
Your osteopath may suggest changes to habits and provide you with specific exercises to practice at home to improve your mobility or strength. Follow up appointments are useful to monitor change and manage treatment plans. The number will depend on whether you suffer with an acute injury or a chronic condition.
Follow up appointments tend to be 30-40 minutes.
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