a) At the start of your first session, we will take time to listen to you and ask questions about your symptoms, diet, general health, activities and lifestyle. This will help them to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment(s) that you can consider. All these details enable us to build a clear and as accurate a view as possible of what is happening in your body.
b) We will then examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort, which might include tests such as taking your blood pressure or testing your reflexes. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, so they may examine your whole body. We will feel for changes in your muscles and joints and examine these areas to identify problems. We may also assess your posture and the way you move.
Occasionally we may suggest that you consult your GP or another appropriate healthcare professional if osteopathy is not suitable for you.
c) Treatments involve a wide range of gentle hands on techniques. It will vary between patients depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis, but often focuses on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. Occasionally osteopathic techniques can result in an audible ‘click’, this is perfectly normal. Research evidence shows that these manipulations can have beneficial effects, especially in the back, helping you to return to normal activity.
We will discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan with you so that you can understand what we are doing and why we are doing it, and recognise the aims of the process and how we can work together to achieve a positive result.