When you visit an osteopath for the first time a full medical history will be taken and you will be given a physical examination. You will normally be asked to perform a simple series of movements so that the mobility of your body can be evaluated.
Any points of postural imbalance, excess strain, weakness or specific injury will be identified. The musculoskeletal assessment will be considered alongside lifestyle factors such as work and leisure activities, to enable a full diagnosis to be made and a treatment plan to be determined.
At the clinic the practitioners believe that their patients should have an understanding of their condition, therefore, patients are given information and explanations at all stages of treatment.
The prognosis and expected duration of treatment is also discussed between the patient and osteopath. Where necessary, the patient is advised on how best they may include specific exercises, core stability etc. This not only affords the patient general independence but also reduces the number of treatment sessions required.