What to Expect
At your first consultation, the Osteopath will compile a full case history of your symptoms including a medical history, family history, any medications you're taking, and may also ask for information about your lifestyle and diet. The Osteopath may also observe you making some simple movements to help them make a diagnosis.
You will usually be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined. You will NEVER be required to remove any underwear and the Osteopath will leave the room for you to get changed. Shorts may be worn or alternatively gowns will be provided for your use should you want them. If you would like to bring a chaperone along, they are welcome to sit in on your appointment.
After you've changed, the Osteopath will assess your posture, examine your range of movement and narrow down the most likely diagnosis through further testing. Following this, your Osteopath will give a full explanation of his findings and discuss with you a treatment plan. If appropriate, the remainder of your session will involve treatment. Should further tests be required, your Osteopath will request these via your GP.
Due to the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore in the first 24-48 hours after treatment. Your Osteopath will explain any likely reactions that you could expect. If you have any concerns it is important to contact your Osteopath and ask their advice. It will likely require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. Your Osteopath will review the progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan.