If you are new to osteopathy, it is natural to have some questions about your treatment. This page answers some of the most common questions people ask us before their first appointment.
No, not if you are attending the clinic as a private patient.
Your osteopath will begin by gathering details about your symptoms, general health and medical history. They will then carry out physical examinations including any necessary medical tests, observe your posture and observe simple movements to help assess how your body is functioning. The osteopathic consultation may include orthopaedic, neurological and other system examinations to help assessment and diagnosis, ensuring your suitability for osteopathic treatment. If necessary, your osteopath may refer for other tests, such as X-rays, scans or blood tests, or to other health care providers.
Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. Most people find treatment relaxing. However, particularly in the case of the care of injuries, some treatment may require the handling of painful areas. Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment similar to that felt after unaccustomed exercise.
Your initial consultation may last up to one hour because it includes a thorough history and examination as well as treatment. Follow-up treatments are usually a little shorter. Depending on the condition, they can take up to 30 minutes.
Your osteopath will ask to see any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. You may want to wear loose clothing or bring a pair of shorts should the osteopath need to work on your lower limbs.
Of course, if you have further questions or would like more details, please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask a question and/or book an appointment.
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