What will an appointment involve?
Your First Consultation
Osteopaths treat each person as an individual, your treatment will be designed around you.
On your first appointment you will be asked a series of questions. Most of the questions are about your immediate problem, but we will also need to know of any previous problems and also some of your medical history. Some of these questions may not seem relevant, but they will help us to build a full picture of your problem.
Please bring with you any other information, such as M.R.I scans, x-rays or reports you may have. (If you have had any of these on the NHS they may not be available to you).
It also helps us if you bring with you a list of any medication you are currently taking. This helps us establish your present medical condition and ensures treatment will complement this.
Once we have gathered all of your history, it will give us some indication as to what your problem may be. We will then need to examine you.
Depending on the problem, it may be necessary for you to be undressed to your underwear. This enables us to see how the problem is affecting the whole of your body, and what affect your posture has on your condition.
A pair of loose shorts may be worn if you feel particularly uncomfortable.
You will usually be asked to do some simple movements, again so we can assess how your problem is effecting you, but only if these do not cause you too much discomfort.
Your osteopath may then ask you to get on to the treatment table, so that further examination and tests, such as reflexes, sensation and examination of the painful area, can be done.
When this is completed your osteopath can discuss the findings with you and give you an idea of what is wrong.
Once a diagnosis has been made we will do our best to explain this to you. We have access to charts and models to make the explanation more understandable.
We will then explain what treatment we would recommend and answer any questions you may have.