Your First Visit

On your first visit, and before examination begins, the osteopath will discuss and record your medical history in detail. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements. The osteopath will then apply a highly developed sense of touch to identify points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body. 
This will allow a full diagnosis of the problem and because osteopathy is patient centred, this means the treat
ment is geared to you as an individual. 
On occasion, further investigations may be appropriate and might include an x-ray, MRI or blood test, and these can be arranged for you.

The osteopath should make you feel at ease, tell you what is happening and explain it in language you will understand. Feel free to ask questions if you have any concerns. After treatment, you may be given some advice including home exercises, cold/warm therapy and how to modify your posture and environment, such as your work station, so as to gain the maximum benefit from your visit.
Most musculoskeletal problems we see respond well to treatment but if your osteopath does not think that osteopathy is suitable for you, they will refer you to whichever healthcare practitioner will be best able to help you. This may be done through your doctor and always with your prior permission. 
Helen Espinosa-Brown,
31 Mar 2011, 07:40