Your First Appointment
At your first appointment your Osteopath will begin by gathering details about your symptoms, general health and medical history. They will then carry out physical examinations including any necessary medical tests, observe your posture and observe simple movements to determine how your body is functioning. The osteopathic consultation may include orthopaedic, neurological and other system examinations to help assessment and diagnosis, ensuring your suitability for osteopathic treatment. If necessary, your osteopath may refer for other tests, such as X-rays, scans or blood tests, or to other health care providers.
Children and young people should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
When we examine you it will most likely be necessary for you to undress down to underwear so we can look and learn how your body works. The Osteopath will leave the room while you are changing so you can bring shorts to change into if you would feel more comfortable.
Once a diagnosis has been reached, a treatment plan to re-establish the normal balance and function of your body will be explained to you. Depending on the diagnosis, this will take the form of manipulative techniques, soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation, exercise prescription, or cranial techniques.
We allocate up to 60 minutes for your initial appointment, then 40 minutes for subsequent appointments if required.