During your first visit, the osteopath will spend time exploring your problem by asking questions about the onset, progression, nature and pattern of your symptoms. In addition, notes will be taken on your medical history, lifestyle, occupation and diet.
Following the case history, the osteopath will carry out a physical examination. For this you may be asked to undress to your underwear so wear suitable, modest clothes in which you feel comfortable. You will normally be asked to perform a simple series of movements so that the mobility of your body can be evaluated. The osteopath will then carefully evaluate your mobility and range of movement by gently palpating the relevant joints and associated muscles as movement is passively introduced.
Based on the case history and examination findings, a diagnosis will be formulated and a treatment plan developed. These will be discussed with you and, if you are agreeable and time permits, treatment will begin on your first visit. If for any reason osteopathic treatment is not appropriate, you will be referred to your GP or alternative specialist for further consultation.