We understand that you may be feeling a little nervous or apprehensive about your first visit to an Osteopath so the processes involved in your initial session are outlined below so you are prepared and know what to expect.
Arrival at clinic
It is recommended that you arrive about fifteen minutes prior to your first appointment. This will give you time to fill out some simple paperwork, catch your breath and grab a drink if you would like one. You can then sit in the reception area and wait quietly for your Osteopath to invite you in to the treatment room.
Your Osteopath will sit down with you and take a detailed medical history from you which will mainly take the form of questions asked to you. This will take about 10-20 minutes depending on the complexity of your medical history. You may feel that some of the questions are not relevant to your complaint but your Osteopath is trying to understand all the factors in your life that could be contributing to your symptoms. You can always ask your Osteopath questions at any time if you feel that you would like to know more.
Your Osteopath will explain to you whether or not an examination is required. If so, you will be asked to undress to your underwear (in private of course) and your Osteopath will then begin the examination. You are welcome to wear shorts, sports bras or even a gown if you feel uncomfortable about being examined in your underwear. With your consent obtained, your Osteopath will ask you to stand, do some simple movements or positions which will give your Osteopath a lot of information about what is happening with your body.
Once the examination is finished your Osteopath will discuss with you what has been identified as the cause of your complaint and what can be done about it from an Osteopathic perspective. Once again you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your diagnosis and treatment options. The medical history and examination is called an Osteopathic consultation.
If you are happy to consent to Osteopathic treatment then this will run concurrently after your examination. Your Osteopath will explain everything he proposes to do to you and give you the opportunity to decline certain treatment approaches if you don’t feel that they are right for you. Your Osteopath will explain the benefits and risks, if relevant, of treatment and tailor the treatment to suit your individual needs. After treatment has finished you will be allowed to redress yourself (again in private) and an explanation of the optimum treatment plan will be given to you. You can then book your next session, pay your fee and again ask any questions you may have. You are then able to leave the clinic, or again, sit quietly in the reception area if you are waiting for a lift or just need some time to gather your thoughts.
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Images courtesy of The General Osteopathic Council