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What happens?

Typically there are 4 stages to an osteopathic consultation, your case history, physical examination, treatment and after care.

1. Case History

During the case history element of your consultation you will be asked questions in relation to your presenting complaint.  You will also be asked questions in relation to your overall health, some of which may seem unconnected to your current symptoms.  This is to aid the osteopath in the diagnostic process, to gain a complete picture of your current state of well being and to ensure that you are safe to treat.

If you are currently on any prescribed medication please bring the name and dosage details with you to your appointment.

2.Physical examination

For the physical examination element of your first consultation you will typically be asked to undress down to your underwear.  This is to enable the osteopath to assess your overall posture and any possible relationships with your presenting complaint.  At subsequent consultations the osteopath will direct you to dress down as required.  The osteopath will then ask you to carry out a range of movements and will carry out a number of tests in an attempt to recreate your symptoms.  Once the examination has concluded the osteopath will discuss the findings with you, so that you have an understanding of your condition and agree a treatment plan.

If you do not feel comfortable dressing down to your underwear please let us know.  For those who don't feel comfortable dressing down to their underwear we recommend bringing along shorts and t-shirt/vest to change into.  The osteopath may still ask you to remove or move aside your t-shirt/vest for clinical reasons.  Should this be necessary the osteopath will discuss this with you.  If you still don't feel comfortable with these options then please contact us to discuss your concerns and the alternatives.

3. Treatment

Treatment consists of a number of different techniques aimed at working on muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.  Some aspects of treatment may be uncomfortable but should not be painful. The osteopath will discuss all of the options available to you and ensure that you understand the benefits and any possible side effects of treatment.

4. After Care

The osteopath will discuss with you what to expect post treatment and what you can do in between appointments to complement treatment.  This may involve refraining from certain activities for a short period of time, applying ice packs and carrying out exercises.

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