What to expect
The initial consultation
During the initial consultation a full history will be taken which will include questions about your presenting complaint, your past medical history, and current general health. The case history is taken to help the osteopath understand your complaints, as well as ensuring you are safe to treat and that you do not need to be referred for an investigation.
A full assessment will be carried out and will include:
• Active and passive movement of the relevant joint or muscle
• Active and passive movement of any related joint or muscle
• Palpation of the local area in question
• Specific tests related to you presenting complaint. This may include:
– Orthopaedic tests
– Neurological screens
– General medical screens such as: heart and circulation, lungs, abdomen.
A management plan will always be discussed with your osteopath prior to commencing a course of treatment. The treatment plan will be dependent on your presenting complaint, and on your expectations and wishes. An osteopath guarantees that your treatment plan is the quickest and most effective way to address your specific condition. This may also mean that they will refer you to the relevant medical specialist, such as further orthopaedic examination and imaging.
Osteopathic treatment is honed and tailored for the specific needs of the patient, and a treatment plan will be discussed with you when a diagnosis is made. The number of treatments needed depends on your diagnoses, and how many treatments are needed for your particular condition or diagnoses.
The treatment applied will depend on what the osteopath believes to be the best, quickest and safest way to treat your particular problem. Treatment may include traction, distraction, functional technique, myofascial work, and stretching and strengthening, or cranial.
How many treatments will I need?
Generally studies show that chronic conditions require more treatments than acute conditions. Conditions such as arthritis may need regular treatment to keep symptoms at bay and help prevent progression of the disease. Regular treatment is also recommended as a preventative measure, with the aim of optimal health. Whatever your reason for needing treatment, you can be assured that the osteopath will guarantee the fastest and most effective treatment to match your needs.
What to wear
Please note you may be asked to undress, as is relevant to your presenting complaint, so that the osteopath can fully assess you. You are advised to wear underwear you feel comfortable in, or clothes that allow free movement.