What to expect…
Initially, time will be spent taking a case history which is a combination of specific questions from the Osteopath to gain information about the nature of the problem and the individual’s health. It also offers the chance to the patient to explain in their own words what the problem is and how it is affecting their life. This is then followed by an examination of the patient. Usually, the patient will be asked to perform certain movements to assess capability and difficulties. If necessary this can be followed up by orthopedic and neurological testing. This stage is generally performed with the patient undressed and gowned so that observation and palpation can be used on the injured area. Naturally, if this is a source of concern for the patient then a chaperone is more than welcome to be in attendance. The treatment that is offered reflects what is found through this process of examination. The techniques used as part of the treatment will often vary according to the individual.
Do I need my doctors permission?
Sometimes when you are looking for the treatment to be covered by your health insurance then the verbal referral from your GP may be required.