Visiting an Osteopath

What to Expect

Osteopathy is a hands-on manual treatment and is based on a whole-body understanding of dysfunction and disease.  Often the part that hurts the patient the most is not the origin of the problem.  There are many factors that need to be taken into account to reach a diagnosis safely and treatment therefore does not take place with the patient fully clothed.  When visiting an Osteopath, you will be asked to undress to your underwear so that the whole body can be assessed and then treated.

Treatment may include manipulations of the limbs and spine, deep tissue massage or cranial osteopathy, depending upon the symptoms presented.

 

Your First Appointment

During your first appointment, a thorough case history will be taken.  You may be asked questions about your own medical background and that of your family.  Expect questions such as whether you have had any operations or whether there is a family history relating to your current visit.

Once a full case history has been taken, the patient will be asked to remove clothing so the Osteopath can assess the dysfunction more fully.  This will be followed by physical testing, gentle movement assessment and orthopaedic tests which will involve the Osteopath either asking the patient to move a limb or joint or the Osteopath moving it for the patient.  The Osteopath learns a great deal via their hands from the quality and texture of the tissues and movements of the patient.

The Osteopath takes all of the factors above into consideration to form a diagnosis. A treatment plan is then outlined to the patient and treatment will commence.

 

Ongoing Care

Alongside osteopathic treatment, the Osteopath may recommend exercises or nutritional alterations to the patient.

All Osteopaths are certified and regulated by the General Osteopathic Council.