What to expect from your osteopathic treatment.
We understand that for some people, visiting an osteopath for the first time could make them feel nervous.
We have put this guide together so you will know what to expect and how to prepare for your visit. If you have any questions that remain unanswered after reading through this page then please feel free to contact the team.
You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative along with you to sit in on your appointment as it’s sometimes hard to remember all the things that are talked about. The visit will follow the steps outlined below:
We will take a thorough case history when you come for your first appointment with us. This will consist of details of your current symptoms as well as some information about your general health and past medical history.
We will then examine your spine and any peripheral joints of relevance to your complaint. It may be also necessary to test parts of your nervous system. Rarely, further examinations such as X-Ray or MRI scans are needed to form an accurate diagnosis.
We will discuss the various treatment options with you before we commence treatment. Osteopaths use techniques of gentle soft tissue manipulation and joint movement in order treat a variety of musculo-skeletal aches and pains
Things to remember:
Below we have put together a few tips to help you get the most out of your osteopathic visit.
BE ON TIME
We have a waiting area at the clinic so please feel free to use it. Arriving 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time is helpful and we can often see you slightly early.
You should wear appropriate underwear so that you are comfortable. This can include wearing gym shorts, tracksuit bottoms and vest tops. Clothing should be flexible so we can move you around and test your joints.
It may be useful for your first visit, to write down a list of things that you find difficult to do, things you would like to be able to do or a brief timeline of when the pain first developed and how it has changed up until the present day.
X-RAYS OR SCANS
If you have any pervious test results or X-Ray / MRI scan reports that you fell could be useful, it would be great to see them please.
We love it at the London Road Clinic when you are interested in what has gone wrong in your body. We therefore encourage you to ask questions to your osteopath if there is anything you don’t understand or you feel unsure about.
Give yourself enough time for your visit. First appointments last up to 1 hour and follow up appointment last 30 mins.