You will need to allow approximately one hour for the first consultation. The first stage of this will involve taking a case history. The osteopath will ask questions relating to your concerns as well as information about you/your child’s general health and history of illness and trauma. You will need to inform the osteopath about any medications you/your child takes and any other medical care/therapy which is current or recent.
The next stage will be the examination and assessment. This may involve removal of outer garments in order for the osteopath to observe your posture and watch how your body moves. The osteopath is will also palpate (feel) the tension in different musculoskeletal structures. If indicated, the osteopath may perform other clinical examination and testing such as taking reflexes, listening to the lungs or looking in the ears.
After a full examination, the osteopath will explain the diagnosis and the options for treatment. If a diagnosis cannot be reached then you may be referred to another practitioner for a second opinion or further testing.
Where indicated, treatment usually starts on the first visit. The techniques used by each osteopath will be carefully selected as the most appropriate technique for the changes which are required. Where appropriate, osteopathic management can also include advice (ergonomic, dietary and postural) and prescribed exercises.
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