What happens at your appointment?
On a 1st visit a full case history will be taken, and a postural exam and gait analysis may be done. You will be asked to perform a series of movements so the osteopathic practitioner can see any limitations in your mobility. Also, any relevant orthopaedic, systemic (blood pressure etc.) and neurological tests will be carried out.
Using their hands your osteopath will palpate (feel) your back, neck, head and extremities to localize any joint restrictions and muscular tightness.
Osteopathic practitioners use a wide variety of specialized techniques to treat the whole person. These include soft tissue massage, muscle energy technique, low amplitude manipulations, fascial mobilization.
We are also able to give postural advice, ergonomic advice and to prescribe stretching and strengthening exercises.
Once serious contraindications to osteopathic therapy have been ruled out, all the information gathered is analysed and treatment can begin.
What should I wear?
It is not always necessary to remove your clothing for a treatment. You may want to bring comfortable, loose clothing such as shorts.
Does it hurt?
Your osteopath will tell you what to expect and to let them know if you are in pain, you may feel stiff or sore after some treatments; this is a normal healthy response to the treatment. Some soft tissue treatments may cause discomfort during treatment.
What age is it safe to have osteopathic treatment?
Because we use such gentle but powerful techniques we can treat children through to the elderly.
Can I bring a friend or relative?
Yes if you wish, you may have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Our aim is to keep your appointments to a minimum, the osteopath will tell you within a short period of time whether they can treat you or if they need to refer you to someone else. The number of treatments you need depends on the condition and person being treated.
Do I need to see my doctor first?
You do not need to see your doctor first if you are paying for your own treatment. However, some insurance companies require you to see your doctor first.
Can my GP refer me for treatment?
The British Medical Association's guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.