Whether it’s your first time visiting an Osteopath or complementary therapist or just the first time you’re visiting me, the first thing I do is to learn about you. This includes details of your medical history, lifestyle and, if relevant, diet as well as what you hope to achieve.
I will also conduct a clinical examination of you. For the purposes of this, you may be asked to undress to your underwear so that I can assess your spinal and joint mobility, as this may reveal any possible structural imbalances in your body.
The objective of these processes is to understand you and your body so that I can reach a ‘working diagnosis’ and hence devise the most appropriate treatment for your requirements.
Once these procedures are complete, I provide you with a treatment protocol informing you of the type of treatment I would recommend and how many treatments are required. In the event that Osteopathy is the correct course of treatment for you, I will explain the diagnosis to you and, where possible, the underlying causative factors for your condition.
You will be given a short treatment at the consultation, followed by advice on exercises, hydrotherapy and ‘what to do and what to avoid’.