On your first visit your Osteopath or Bodyworker will take a detailed case history. This will involve discussing the problem that has caused you to seek help, your past medical history, your general health at present and any current medication or ongoing medical treatment. This information gives your therapist a detailed picture of you as an individual and your current state of health.
Following this you will be asked to remove some outer clothing and to perform some simple movements. Some further tests may be carried out by the therapist, and these will all be explained to you at the time.
Your therapist will then discuss their findings and what treatment they feel would be beneficial to your problem.
Our therapists welcome patient involvement, and will always be happy to answer any questions you have, at any point during the consultation and treatment, so please feel free to ask about anything you would like clarified.
Following the treatment your therapist may suggest some exercises, lifestyle alterations or other advice. This will not always happen on the first session as the therapist may wish to see how your body responds to the treatment before proposing any changes.
You will normally be given a follow up appointment. Between appointments you should feel free to contact your therapist if you have any questions.
This is our approach, which we have found to work well. Osteopaths, and other complementary practitioners, each have their own individual preferences and not all practitioners work in the same way. Please feel free to discuss past approaches that you particularly liked or disliked, so that this may be taken into account when deciding on a treatment plan.
These approaches can be beneficial in treating a wide range of conditions. Please call to discuss your problem if you are unsure whether it is suitable for osteopathic treatment. You may also like to visit the General Osteopathic Council’s website: www.osteopathy.org.uk for further information.
Osteopathy is never a substitute for conventional medical advice – always consult with your GP if you are worried about any aspect of your health.