A typical consultation will begin with a detailed case history of the patient’s complaint.The patient’s past medical history can often be relevant to current problems the patient is experiencing and may be discussed. The Osteopath may ask about past illnesses, operations, injuries, accidents and medications.
The Osteopath will then examine the problem area. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing to perform a simple series of movements. The osteopath will assess range of movement, quality of movement, tissue texture changes, asymmetry of tissues and tenderness through palpation techniques. The Osteopath is also qualified to medically screen patients and may take your blood pressure, reflexes etc. Sometimes further tests may be required. For example, X rays or MRI scans. The Osteopath may liase with the patient’s GP or can privately refer to an X ray department.
Supported by an in depth knowledge of functional anatomy and physiology the detailed examination enables the Osteopath to diagnose safely and choose the right treatment to address the causes of the patient’s symptoms. Treatment involves gentle, manual techniques – easing pain, reducing swelling and improving mobility.
Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly-developed sense of touch, known as palpation, to determine conditions and identify the body’s points of weakness or excessive strain. Osteopathy is a ‘package’ of care that includes skilled mobilising and manipulative techniques, reinforced by guidance on diet and exercise.
We will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively. If the osteopath thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will be advised about how to seek further care. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP.