What to expect on your first visit
For a first visit, it’s advisable to arrive early (10 minutes) as you will need to fill out some paperwork. You may also be asked to sign an ‘informed consent’ form.
During your consultation your practitioner will ask questions about your presenting problem as well as your medical history. If you take any medications or have had any X-rays or scans performed recently please have these details on hand.
Your Osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear; you may choose to wear loose pants or shorts, or a gown from us – it’s important that you feel comfortable during the examination.
Osteopathic treatment should not cause undue discomfort but it may involve treatment of painful and tender areas. The Osteopath will aim to make you as comfortable as possible. Treatment may occasionally result in mild soreness the next day or two, the feeling that your muscles have been exercised or ‘worked on’. If you have any concerns don’t hesitate to call us to discuss.
An initial consultation may take between 45 -60 minutes, allowing enough time for a full history, examination and treatment. Your Osteopath will develop a plan of action which will involve how much treatment is required, how often, and your likely prognosis (response). You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions during the course of the consultation.