Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. On your first visit, the osteopath will spend time taking a detailed medical history including important information about your lifestyle and environment. You will normally be asked to expose the area that is sore and perform a few simple movements. A series of orthopaedic, neurological and osteopathic tests may then be carried out. This will allow a full diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.
Your osteopath will, after a full conventional diagnosis and your informed consent, use a combination of joint mobilisation, spinal manipulation and dry needling (western medical acupuncture) techniques to optimize pain reduction and increase function. You will also be given rehabilitation exercises and lifestyle advice in order for you to become capable of self-managing your condition in the future.
Because of the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore in the first 24-48 hours after treatment. Your osteopath will explain any likely reactions that you could expect. If you have any concerns it is important to contact the osteopath and ask their advice. It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. The osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan.
Your osteopath should make you feel at ease and communicate what he or she is doing. Do ask questions at anytime during your consultation if you are unsure. You are always welcome to bring a chaperone. Please note, if you are under 18 you must bring an adult chaperone to all consultations.