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What to Expect from an Osteopathy Consultation

What to expect - Diagnosis and Treatment
Your first appointment will last an hour, during which your osteopath will ask about your general health and lifestyle as well as asking you about the symptoms or injuries that you are seeking help with. They may also look at test results, x-rays and scan reports if these are available. A physical examination will follow this, which may include making simple movements and stretches to observe your posture and mobility, checking reflexes and taking your blood pressure. Using touch, we may also find the areas which are sensitive or tight and this helps us to identify a diagnosis.

Your osteopath will give you a clear explanation of what they find and discuss a treatment plan that is suitable for you and any risks of the treatment they are recommending. This may involve visiting them a few times for manual therapy, some exercises that you can do by yourself and some lifestyle changes may be offered to assist your recovery, prevent recurrence or worsening of symptoms. Ask questions at any time if you are unsure what you have been told or if you have any concerns.

Importantly if we believe that your condition would not be improved with osteopathic treatment we will refer you to your GP or another suitably qualified professional and explain why they feel osteopathic treatment would not help you.

Osteopaths work very hard to make treatment as painless as possible, but you may experience some discomfort during and after treatment. Your osteopath will warn you if they think that the technique that they are about to use is likely to be uncomfortable and will stop if you tell them that you are feeling too much pain.

What to wear?
It may be necessary for the osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing, so that they can see and touch the areas of the body causing concern. If you are uncomfortable undressing to your underwear, wear clothing such as shorts and T Shirt, or close fitting garments, that will enable effective examination without making you feel uncomfortable. You are welcome to bring someone with you into the examination room if this puts you at ease.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you are currently taking any medication it would be useful if you brought a copy of your prescription with you. If you have any relevant x-rays, MRI or CT scans or radiologists reports please bring those with you.
How much does it cost?
First appointment will last 1 hour and costs £40.
Subsequent appointments will last up to 30 minutes and cost £30.
Do I need to see my doctor first?
You do not need to see your doctor first but you are encouraged to keep your GP fully informed so that your medical records are current and complete. With your permission, your osteopath may send a report to your GP with details of your condition and treatment. You can also request a letter for your employer if this is helpful.