What can I expect on my first visit?
At the start of your first appointment, your osteopath will ask you questions about the symptoms you are experiencing, your medical history and lifestyle.
Next, your osteopath will need to examine the areas of your body causing discomfort. They will feel for any tightness in the muscles and stiffness in the joints and will touch these areas to identify problems. They will explain what they are doing as they go along.
As with any healthcare appointment, it may be necessary for your osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing. This is so they can see and touch the areas of the body causing you concern. Wearing loose fitting or comfortable, stretchy clothing (such as shorts, leggings or t-shirts) is advisable, or you can bring suitable clothes to change into.
Following on from the examination, your osteopath will make and explain his diagnosis and discuss a course of treatment with you. This may involve further visits for manual therapy – a range of gentle hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints - together with exercises that you can do at home and helpful advice designed to help you relieve or manage your pain, keep active and maintain the best of health.
Occasionally they may diagnose an illness that they are unable to treat and if so will refer you to your GP or another appropriate health professional.