What to expect


On your first consultation, the Osteopath will take a full Case History. This will involve talking about your presenting complaint(s), some questions concerning your general health, lifestyle and your medical history. Any added information you have such as medication you may be taking, results of tests, scans or x-rays may well be useful to the Osteopath.


Following the case history an examination will be carried out, this will involve looking at your posture and you will be asked to perform several movements and tests so that the mobility of your body can be assessed. To assist this examination, you may be asked to remove some of your clothing. If you feel uncomfortable about removing certain items of clothing you may want to bring a pair of shorts and a t-shirt to change into before your examination. A gown can be provided if required to keep your modesty. You are also welcome to bring along a friend or relative with you at any time if this make you feel more comfortable.


The Osteopath will use palpation, which is a highly advanced sense of touch, to examine areas of weakness, tenderness or restriction within your body and also perform different passive movements to your joints. On completion of this examination and with the other associated information that has been gained the Osteopath will reach a diagnosis. This will then be explained to you by the Osteopath. Anatomical models will be used to show you where things have gone wrong to help your understanding.


The Osteopath will then give you an idea of the possible number of treatments you may need and how long it may take to improve your condition. If concerned or Osteopathic treatment is not amenable due to the presence of a more serious underlying issue you will be referred to your GP or specialist for further investigations.


In the majority of cases treatment will be carried out on your first visit. Further visits will be certainly involve much more treatment and these last between 30-40 minutes. At any subsequent visits, the Osteopath will monitor your progress and discharge you as soon as possible once you have made sufficient recovery. If required a sick note can be provided along with a Medical Reports at the request of your doctor or solicitor.


Osteopathic treatment is different for every patient and this will depend on your age, health and the final diagnosis. Various types of techniques including gentle manipulations, soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise joints. The Osteopath will explain these techniques as and when they are indicated. During your consultations you will regularly be given relevant advice about ways in which you can self manage you injury, such advice may include areas as posture, ergonomics, diet and exercise.


It is my aim to answer any question at any point during the consultation or afterwards, over the telephone and/or via email. It is always best to clarify queries as not for you to unduly worry or irritate your injury.