What to expect of your first osteopathy consultation
At the first consultation, a full case history of your symptoms is taken. You will then be asked you to carry out some simple movements to assist with the diagnosis. Usually you will be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined.
Osteopaths are trained to examine the body in order to identify points of weakness or excessive strains. Osteopathic care includes skilled mobilising and manipulative techniques, as well as guidance on diet, posture and exercise.
Before treatment begins the diagnosis will be explained, along with discussion about the most appropriate plan of treatment. An estimation will be given of the likely number of sessions needed to restore function and return you to fitness. If it’s thought that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will receive detailed advice about how to seek further care and you will be supported in this process.
Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP or other specialist.
Treatment is tailored to your individual needs and presenting problem, and is reassessed at each visit. It may involve articulatory techniques to improve joint movement and function, cranial osteopathic techniques, western medical acupuncture (also known as dry needling) and spinal manipulation. At all times you will have a say in which techniques are used and you are encouraged to ask questions if you need clarification of how techniques work.