The initial consultation and treatment will last approximately 1 hour. This will involve a detailed case history, which will include any previous medical history such as any serious illnesses, accidents, broken bones, or operations which you have had since birth up to the present day. Any of these may have a bearing on your current problem.
An examination will then be carried out and you may be asked to perform simple movements to aid in the understanding and assessment of your situation. In addition other tests such as blood pressure, reflexes, joint mobility and muscle strength may also be performed.
A diagnosis will be made based on your case history and examination findings; this will then be discussed with you before beginning treatment. The Osteopath may ask you to visit your doctor or suggest other treatments or investigations which may be helpful in solving your problem.
A treatment plan will be made if osteopathic treatment is indicated which will also incorporate advice on diet, lifestyle and exercise.
Sometimes more than one session is needed in order to not only relieve pain but to rehabilitate and help prevent future recurrences of the problem. Additional treatment sessions are half an hour.
At any time during your appointment you can ask your osteopath to stop treatment and explain anything they have said or any techniques performed.
As with your GP, all personal and clinical information is dealt with in the strictest confidence.