Your first session with an Osteopath
When you visit for the first time we’ll discuss the history of your current problem and any previous symptoms that you may or may not feel are related, as well as your medical, injury and movement history. We’ll also discuss your goals for the future and do an assessment. All of this initial information enables us to decide if you’re in the right place for the best help, or if you need to be referred for different investigations or other specialist help.
Assessment involves evaluating movement in different ways and might include how you walk, rotate, bend or squat. The current state of your joints and soft tissue will be palpated (felt/assessed by hand) to get as much information as possible. It depends on what you’re comfortable with and how much pain or discomfort you feel, we will always stay within ranges of movement that are pain free and that you can control.
Treatment itself often involves different approaches and techniques such as hands-on methods using movement or while you’re at rest on the plinth, followed by strategies and exercises you can use afterwards and in the long term.
After treatment you should expect to feel informed about your body, understand the likely cause(s) of your problem(s), as well as what you can do you to alleviate your symptoms and avoid recurring issues. This is in addition to feeling relief from the symptoms you are seeking help with, wherever possible – response to treatment depends on each individual situation.
How long is each session?
Appointments usually last around an hour. The aim of any appointment is to make sure treatment is effective and economical, looking for good results fast.
Some people respond to treatment quickly, for others it takes longer, and it may be beneficial to have a some consecutive treatments with regular re-evaluation of progress to ensure you are moving in the right direction and getting the expected results.