At the start of your first session with the osteopath we will ask questions about your medical history and lifestyle as well as your symptoms. This is very important as it will help us to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment. This information is kept confidential in conjunction with the Data Protection Act 1998.
It is important that you feel comfortable during your osteopathic treatment, particularly around matters of modesty and privacy.
We will need to examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, (for example, a difference in leg length may result in compensations in the upper back which might result in neck pain) so we may need to examine your whole body.
We will need to feel for tightness in the muscles and stiffness in the joints and may need to touch these areas to identify problems. We will explain this as we go along, but if you are uncomfortable with any part of this then let us know, we can discuss this with you or stop if you prefer.
As with a visit to a GP or other medical professional, for us to examine you effectively it may be necessary for them to ask you to remove some clothing as appropriate for the condition. This may mean undressing down to your underwear. If this is a problem for you then let us know and we will try to make arrangements that make you more comfortable.
If we feel that after examination that we can’t help you then we will refer you to another health professional see Your Osteopath referring to other health professionals
You are also welcome to bring someone with you for all or part of your consultation, and children should always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Remember, if you have any questions we will be happy to discuss this with you.