The first Osteopathy consultation takes 45 minutes to an hour with each subsequent treatment taking about 30 minutes.
On your first consultation a full and in depth case history will be taken to assess the nature of your discomfort.
Your past medical history including previous illnesses, operations and accidents will also be explored with you.
Following this you will asked to undress to your underclothes, depending on the part of the body injured. (Alternative clothing such as shorts, leggings or sports wear may be worn).
Your Osteopath will observe the shape of the spine and the asymmetries of the body relative to the injury.
A number of guided movements will be carried out by the patient specific to the injury, followed by a hands on examination by the Osteopath including special tests of the injured area and the areas related to it.
The Osteopath will then explain their evaluation of the problem, why it has happened and will explain what can be done to help. If further testing is needed such as an x-ray or blood tests then you may also be referred to your GP.
Treatment will begin once an evaluation has been reached and the problem is fully understood by the patient.
Osteopathic treatment involves skillful manipulation of the joints and muscles by the Osteopath using their hands in order to restore balance to the injured area, allowing the body to heal.
At the end of the treatment, a management plan will be discussed with the patient.