When you first visit an osteopath, you’ll be asked about your current symptoms and medical history. This will help them to make an accurate diagnosis.
Your osteopath will always discuss your concerns as part of your consultation.
They will also conduct a routine examination to check for more serious conditions and advise you of any further action that might be required.
After an initial examination, your osteopath will discuss treatment options with you so that you can jointly decide upon an appropriate treatment plan and the likely associated costs.
Depending on your case, your osteopath may suggest that you seek further tests before your first treatment, for example blood tests or scans.
They may also recommend that you consult your GP or another appropriate healthcare professional for onward care.
You’re more than welcome to bring someone with you to your consultation.
All information will be treated as confidential in accordance with standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the Data Protection Act 1998.
How osteopaths access your condition
As part of your consultation your osteopath will examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort and may undertake tests such as taking your blood pressure or testing your reflexes.
It may be necessary for your osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing, so that they can assess the areas of the body causing concern.
If you are uncomfortable undressing to your underwear, you can bring with you clothing such as shorts, t-shirt or close-fitting garments, that will enable them to work effectively without making you feel uncomfortable.
Your osteopath will assess your muscles and joints and examine these areas to identify problems. They may also assess your posture and the way you move. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, so they may need to examine your whole body
What is the “click”?
Occasionally osteopathic techniques can result in an audible ‘click’, this is perfectly normal. This is gas that is released when a joint is manipulated.
Research has shown that manipulations can have beneficial effects, especially for back pain, helping you to return to ordinary movement and activity.
What are the risks?
The health risks associated with having osteopathic treatment are extremely low.
Most osteopaths will begin your treatment at your first appointment.
You may experience mild discomfort afterwards. In most cases this will resolve within 24 hours. Treatment may require several visits and, very occasionally, further tests and/or referrals to other appropriate health care professionals.