What to expect

Adults

On your first visit, the osteopath will take a full medical case history and detailed information about your symptoms and lifestyle. You may be asked to remove some of your clothing so that a physical examination can be carried out. You will also be asked to perform certain movements to identify specific restrictions or factors contributing to your symptoms. With all of this in mind, the osteopath will form a diagnosis, which will be discussed with you. As long as it is safe and appropriate to treat, the osteopath will agree the next steps with you. Your first appointment will last up to an hour.

A highly developed sense of touch called palpation is used to assess areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain within your body.  Osteopaths usually start any treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints, using gentle massage techniques, rhythmic joint movements and muscle release techniques. The osteopath may also carry out manipulation using short, quick movements to spinal joints. Other techniques may also be used depending on your problem.

Children and Babies

Your child’s appointment will last up to an hour. A full case history will be taken for your child as well as a history of your pregnancy and the birth.

You may be asked to remove some of your child’s clothing down to their nappy/underwear so that a physical examination may take place.

We always try to put parents and children at ease and ask them to bring a child’s favourite toy, comforter or snacks. You are also welcome to breastfeed your baby if you feel this may settle them during treatment.

Based on the information given and the examination findings, a diagnosis will be reached and a treatment plan agreed with you.