What happens during an osteopathy appointment?
During your first osteopathy session, your osteopath will ask detailed questions about your symptoms. They will also ask about other medical care you are receiving, medication and general health, lifestyle and diet.
They will perform a physical examination where they will observe you making simple movements and stretches to observe your posture and mobility, which will assist with their diagnosis. They will also use their hands to examine the area of the body (you may need to remove some clothing from the area being examined).
Osteopaths are trained to examine the body to identify points of weakness, restriction to movement and the stiffness of joints.
Your osteopath will give you a clear explanation of their findings and discuss a treatment plan. If your osteopath feels the condition is not appropriate for osteopathy treatment, they may refer you to your GP for further investigations.
Should treatment be required, your osteopath will explain the benefits and any risks of the treatment they are recommending.