In general, the first treatment lasts about 45 minutes to 1 hour, and will involve taking a full case history including details of your present problem, your past medical history and health in general. This will then be followed by an examination and treatment.
At the first consultation, our Practitioner will compile a full case history of your symptoms, as well as asking for information about your lifestyle and diet. The Osteopath may also observe you making some simple movements to help them make a diagnosis. You will usually be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined.
Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly-developed sense of touch, known as palpation, to determine conditions and identify the body’s points of weakness or excessive strain. Osteopathy is a ‘package’ of care that includes skilled mobilising and manipulative techniques, reinforced by guidance on diet and exercise.
Our Practitioner will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively. If he thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will be advised about how to seek further care. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP.