On arrival you will be asked to complete a Pre-Therapy Medical Questionnaire which asks information about you including any medications, conditions, operations, allergies, previous episodes as well as your lifestyle, (job and levels of activity) etc. You can download the PDF here and complete it prior to your visit at your leisure:
What can I expect from my First Visit to an Osteopath?
At the first consultation, allow up to 45 minutes (allotted times are not fixed and your Osteopath may spend some additional or less time during your appointment.) You will be asked questions about your problem which will include how long you have in pain, how your pain began and things that make it worse or better,as well as questions about your health and lifestyle. Next, the osteopath will examine you to find out more about the problem. Osteopaths are trained to use orthopaedic and neurological tests, and they also have a highly developed sense of touch called palpation, to determine conditions and identify the body’s points of weakness or excessive strain. They may also watch you performing some simple movements, looking at your spinal curves and posture to get a better idea of your problem.
Respecting You – Your Modesty Matters
Osteopathy is a manual therapy where the Osteopath places his/her hands on your body.We are committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment for our patients. Consequently you may wish to have a chaperone present for any assessment or treatment session, who may be a family member or friend. On some occasions, your osteopath might also request a chaperone, Children under 16 should always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The osteopath will discuss with you the assessment/diagnosis and most appropriate treatment plan. If the Osteopath thinks it likely your condition will not respond to Osteopathic intervention or feels further investigation or opinions are required they will discuss this with you and outline how this will best be achieved.
There are two components to your treatment program:
- Release your old strategies (muscle memory) and habits: Help you to release your persistent (even stubborn perhaps) holding habits that are preventing you from supporting your body and moving efficiently (e.g. release tight muscles, over active muscles, stiff joints, tight fascia etc.)
- Help to train a new way to move: teach you a more efficient, and less stressful, way to support and move your body according to your goals and expectations. Always remain active, as this helps the recovery process.
It is common to feel stiff and sore following treatment that can last 24-72 hours. Most people describe their reaction as similar to aching and pain felt after exercising. It is also common to feel tired after treatment. If you have any concerns about your treatment please call us.
Further information relative to your first visit can be found in the Practice Information Advice which you can download from the link above.
Jessup Osteopath Clinic Ltd