After the case history, you may be asked to undress to your underwear (only if you are comfortable to do so) to assess your spine, joint mobility and posture. Because Osteopaths are interested in your overall body mechanics, even if your problem is not in your back, it may still be necessary to examine other areas of the body. The examination will involve asking you to do some movements so that any limitations or pain can be noted. This will help towards a more accurate diagnosis.
Further investigation and joint testing with you sitting and/or lying down may be required and also a number of medical tests.
The treatment may consist of a range of techniques including deep soft tissue treatment, articulation, stretching of the joints and some gentle manipulation. No method will be performed without your consent.
After your first consultation, where possible, the expected number of treatments, the frequency of visits required and expected outcome will be indicated. It is common to see you on a weekly basis – but this varies according to your problem.