What happens
when you see an OSTEOPATH?

 

Upon arrival to your first appointment, you will be asked to complete the 'New Patient' form. You can print and complete this form by clicking here to save time if you prefer.

 

ONE

A WARM
WELCOME

TWO

CHAT WITH YOUR
OSTEOPATH

THREE

ASSESSMENT &
DIAGNOSIS

FOUR

TREATMENT
TIME

FIVE

AFTER
CARE

SIX

MORE
TREATMENTS?

 

 

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Some people love their joints being clicked, others do not. You will ALWAYS be asked if this is something you would like, and are not obligated to say ‘yes’ of it would make you uncomfortable or unhappy. Find out more about what the ‘clicking’ noise is, on our blog.

Your Osteopath will ask you lots of questions about the problem you have come in for, and if necessary, further information about any medical conditions you may have. This takes between 10-15 minutes. You will also be asked to provide details about your medical history, which is important, so we can provide the safest, most effective and most suitable techniques to treat you.

It is usual to book in for follow-up appointment, so we can make sure your body is improving from our treatment. You will be questioned about any changes you have experienced since your initial visit – hopefully you will be feeling better! We want to make sure the treatment we used last time was not too gentle or too firm, to tailor it specifically to you. We usually chat for 5 minutes initially, before feeling for improvements in muscle tension, and re-examining your joint movements.

The next bit is the best bit - the treatment! You will be asked to sit or lie down on the couch, and treatment will begin. This will consist of a number of different manual therapy techniques, some are firm, and some are gentle. Massage, stretching and movements (‘articulations’) are used, and in some cases, the Osteopath will ask you if they can ‘click’ one or more of the joints.

Joint Clicking

Some people love their joints being clicked, others do not. You will ALWAYS be asked if this is something you would like, and are not obligated to say ‘yes’ of it would make you uncomfortable or unhappy. Find out more about what the ‘clicking’ noise is, on our blog.

After the treatment, the movements you initially performed will be re-assessed for improvement. You may then be given exercises, stretches or after care advice to optimise your response to treatment, and help encourage your body back to being pain-free.

Feel the change

Most people do feel a little bit sore (or ‘worked on’) after their first treatment, for approximately 24 hours – your body is responding to the changes we have made. Our first aim is to reduce the pain you have come in with. Our second aim is to find the cause so that it doesn’t come back. This takes time, kind of like going to the gym, and expecting to be fit after just 1 session! Good things take time, and hard work. You will know within 3-4 treatments if Osteopathy is right for you.

It is usual to book in for follow-up appointment, so we can make sure your body is improving from our treatment. You will be questioned about any changes you have experienced since your initial visit – hopefully you will be feeling better! We want to make sure the treatment we used last time was not too gentle or too firm, to tailor it specifically to you. We usually chat for 5 minutes initially, before feeling for improvements in muscle tension, and re-examining your joint movements.

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