When you first visit your osteopath some time will be spent taking a medical history, including questions about general health and lifestyle as well as asking about the symptoms or injuries you are seeking help with.
With your consent the osteopath will then perform a physical examination which is likely to involve the osteopath touching the areas of the body that are experiencing pain and asking you to move around.
She may also look at tests results, x-rays and scans reports if these are available.
It may be necessary for the osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing, so she can see and touch the areas of the body causing concern. You are welcome to bring somebody with you into the examination room if you would feel more at ease.
Under16s must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
The osteopath will make a diagnosis and discuss a course of treatments with you. This may involve several visits for manual therapy, some exercises that you can do by yourself and some lifestyle changes.
The osteopath will ask for consent before beginning treatment.
If the osteopath believes that your condition cannot be improved with osteopathic treatment she will refer you to your GP or another suitably qualified professional and may provide you with notes explaining her diagnosis and why she feels osteopathic treatment would not help you.