The Osteopathic Consultation

Confidentiality is maintained at all times. Your osteopath will first take a detailed case history which will include the history of your current symptoms together with a full medical history. They may also ask questions about diet, exercise and things that may be happening in your life, e.g. a recent house move, new job or office furniture, as these may be relevant to your condition and diagnosis. Your osteopath will take the time to listen and ask questions so please give them any information that you think may be relevant, especially if you have any other diagnosed medical conditions or if you are currently taking any medication. If you have any particular concerns regarding manipulation please do let your osteopath know.

You will be seen in a separate room to maintain privacy. You are entitled to bring a chaperone with you if you wish, or we can provide one for you. If a suitable chaperone is not available then we can re-schedule your appointment for another time.

After the case history has been taken, you will have an examination of your musculo-skeletal system. You will be required to undress so that the relevant area is accessible for examination and treatment. This is usually down to your underwear. Shorts may be worn if you wish. Gowns are available if required. You may be asked to perform certain movements to assess your posture and joint mobility. There will then follow a thorough hands-on physical assessment including an examination of areas of your spine and other joints which may be remote from your area of symptoms. This is because the body works as a whole, and mechanical problems in one area of the body may lead to symptoms in another area. Also sometimes people experience �referred pain� where the pain is felt in another area of the body often quite separate from the area causing the symptoms.

After the examination your osteopath will discuss the diagnosis and, if appropriate, the treatment plan. The first session usually includes the first treatment unless a case is particularly complex or further investigations are required.

A wide range of treatment approaches may be used including:

  • Soft tissue treatment: massage, stretching etc
  • Passive joint movement: articulation
  • Manipulative techniques: including joint release
  • Cranial osteopathy: a very gentle form of treatment particularly suitable for babies and young children

Prior to treatment you will be asked to sign a consent form agreeing to the treatment. However, this consent may be withdrawn at any time if you are not happy and the osteopath will stop the treatment. Please discuss any concerns you may have with the osteopath. You will be talked through the treatment as it occurs but if you have any questions please ask.

Your osteopath will tell you if they feel that they are not able to help you and may advise you to consult your GP or another type of practitioner if appropriate.

Osteopathy is a hands-on treatment involving skilled manipulation of the spine and joints and massage of soft tissues to help to restore the mobility and function of your musculo-skeletal system. Treatment is tailored to the individual patient. Sometimes treatment involves mobilization of the joints and the patient may sometimes hear a �click�. This is the same as the click that you hear if you crack your knuckles.

Some people experience a temporary reaction to treatment which may include a brief exacerbation of the symptoms and/ or generalized soreness in the treatment area. This usually subsides in 24-48 hours and may be eased by applying cold to the affected area as recommended by your practitioner.

The number of treatments needed varies with each patient. You will be reassessed at each visit and we will discuss with you any further treatment that we think you may need.

We may discuss any lifestyle issues that may be relevant to your symptoms and may make recommendations if appropriate. We may also give you exercises to aid your recovery and to help prevent any further problems.

Osteopathy is not a �quick fix� although some immediate relief of acute painful symptoms can be achieved. If advised it is often necessary to have some further treatment if there is an underlying problem to prevent further recurrences. Your osteopath will discuss this with you.

Osteopaths are often asked �can you cure me�. Osteopaths do not claim to cure people because it implies that you can eliminate the symptoms and they will never return. Some patients can not be cured but it is possible to improve the quality of their life by improving their mobility and reducing their pain and giving them advice as to maintain the improvement.

For further information or to book an appointment please call 0151 709 6639 or email