Initial Consultation - Case History and Examination
At your first visit your osteopath will take a detailed case history. This will include full past medical history, history of presenting complaint and questions on work, lifestyle and exercise. If you take any medications (prescription or over the counter) or supplements please bring a list of these along. A thorough case history allows your osteopath to have a complete picture of your overall health, helps to determine if there are any underlying conditions and aids in formulating a correct working diagnosis. If you have any relevant X-ray or MRI reports please bring them with you.
After the case history your osteopath will do an examination to check muscle tone, joint movements and posture. They may also do orthopaedic or neurological tests. These are usually painless but help with a more accurate diagnosis. For the examination you will be required to undress to your underwear. This will allow your osteopath to get a full picture of what is going on, the course of the problem may not be in the same area as your pain or discomfort. If you would prefer you can wear shorts or leggings and a vest/t-shirt. A towel will also be available if you would like some extra cover. The case history and examination may take up the most time during your first visit, however there is usually time for some treatment unless your case history is very long or complex.
If your osteopath feels that osteopathy is not suitable or feels more investigations are needed prior to treatment then they will refer you were appropriate, usually to your GP or other health care professional.
After the examination your osteopath with discuss their findings and proposed treatment plan. If you have any questions at any time please do not hesitate to ask.
Treatment is hands on and likely to involve some soft tissue manipulation and stretches, joint mobilisations and where appropriate joint manipulation. Treatment may also involve dry needling techniques which is the use of tiny acupuncture needles to release trigger points in the muscle. Your osteopath with talk you through the treatment and if there is anything you are uncertain about or uncomfortable with then do not hesitate to say.
After a Treatment
Most patients feel some relief directly after treatment however it is quite normal to have some soreness, tenderness, stiffness or increase in symptoms 12-48 hours after treatments, this may be in the presenting area or another area of the body. Your body has to process and work through any changes. The strongest reaction is usually after the first session (although not always), it is similar to going back to exercise for the first time in a while or doing some unusual physical activity. Your osteopath will give you some advice on how to handle any soreness and what to do and not do post treatment. If you are at all concerned about any reaction then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The first visit is usually 45minutes to 1 hour and subsequent visits approximately 30 minutes. This is only a guide and appointment times can vary.
45 minutes Consultation: £45
30 minutes Follow-up appointment: £40