Allow 45 minutes for your first visit, which will begin with a case history, asking in detail about your symptoms, your general health and your medical history.
This will be followed by an examination and it is usually preferable if you remove some outer clothing for this (which we realise is a source of anxiety for most people) but be reassured that it enables the osteopath to really assess your spine properly, and also for treatment to be effective. Do not let this be a worry - it is important that you feel comfortable and we provide gowns and shorts for those that want them, or you may prefer to bring your own sports clothes to wear. You are welcome to bring someone with you into the treatment room if you wish.
The assessment is of your whole posture, alignment, and the way you move, as often problems in one place can be caused elsewhere. We use conventional medical diagnostic methods but in addition to this osteopaths are trained to have highly sensitive hands so palpation (touch) also plays an important role in finding problem areas.
Osteopaths are qualified to diagnose as well as to treat, so although we can usually help most conditions that people come to us with, we know if referral to a medical practitioner is necessary. X-rays or scans are not usually needed, but if they are required can be arranged privately or through the NHS.
When the examination is complete a full explanation will be given before starting treatment.