Your First Appointment: What to Expect

At your new patient consultation, we will take a full history of you and your complaint, to work out the most suitable treatment.  This is because things in your past or your current lifestyle, you may not have thought of, can actually be linked to your complaint.

Firstly we will find out how your complaint started, how long you’ve had it, how severe it is and how it is affecting your lifestyle. We will then want brief details of any current or previous illnesses and any significant medical history, including dental.  We have a particular interest in any history of past trauma as this can often be relevant to your current complaint. We will then ask questions relating to your general health, past and present occupations and interests.  The information you provide will be fully confidential.

We now need to view and assess your posture, patterns of mobility and specifically the area of complaint. This often involves asking you to perform simple movements, either sitting or standing, so we can observe you in motion.  To enable this, we need to see your body work, so you are likely be asked to remove some clothing, taking your top half to your underwear and for example if you have a knee complaint we would need to see your knees, so trousers would need to be removed.  If you are uncomfortable with this, you can of course bring a vest top and loose shorts.  You will always be offered privacy to dress and undress.  Undressing is not usually necessary for any subsequent visits.

Next we will gently examine the health of the joints, tissues and ligaments with our hands and a highly developed sense of touch called palpation.  This is to allow us to gain further information about how your body is working, gradually moving towards the very gentle osteopathic treatment process. Explained in the ‘How it works section’. 

At the conclusion, we will discuss with you what we feel the problem is, how Osteopathy may be able to help you and if you require any further treatment.  At this point you will have an opportunity ask any questions you may have.

As mentioned, it is not usually necessary to undress at subsequent visits for treatment, however thick heavy clothing can be a hindrance to treatment. Loose comfortable clothing is preferable.