What can I expect from a visit?
When you arrive for your first appointment you will need to fill in and sign a new patient form if you havent completed it online before you arrive.
Arriving 10 minutes before your appointment is recommended to get the paperwork side of things out the way.
Our initial consultation will involve a thorough case history detailing your current problems and also any older injuries you might have. This gives us a clearer picture of how your body is working, compensation patterns that may have formed and other areas that we might need to address.
We will also run through general medical and lifestyle questions to build on this picture we are creating. If you are taking regular medications then a list of these drugs is a useful thing to bring along with you on your first visit.
We will then perform a physical examination. We may ask you to remove some clothing so please wear a singlet or bring shorts. Being able to see your body move and note any restrictions/asymmetries is essential for Osteopaths to gather all the information they need.
Usually we will get you to perform a selection of simple movements- within reason for what you can manage. Once we have noted your active ranges of movement we will get you to sit or lie on the couch and we will then do some passive movements as well.
We're always happy to answer any questions you may have throughout the process.
Based on what we have found we will...
Use our hands to work on the muscles, bones and joints of your body and advise you on how to avoid the problem happening again
We may suggest relevant exercises/stretches/postural advice
We may recommend heat/ice/taping if necessary
We will do another assessment of movement at the end of each session. Many issues that people present with require 3-4 sessions over several weeks to not only deal with the main problem but also ensure it wont return in a hurry. Your osteopath will discuss this with you and provide advice on expected prognosis.