Osteopathic Treatment What to expect

Your medical history

Your medical historyBefore treatment starts, a full medical assessment will be undertaken. The clinician will take time to listen to you and ask questions to make sure your medical history and your day-to-day routine is understood. You will be asked about aspects like diet, exercise and what is happening in your life, as these may give clues to help make the correct diagnosis. 

Your pulse and your reflexes may be checked and the clinician may also take your blood pressure and refer you for clinical tests, such as x-rays, if they are needed.

Your pulse and your reflexes may be checked and the clinician may also take your blood pressure and refer you for clinical tests, such as x-rays, if they are needed.

 

Your posture

The holistic approach of osteopathy means that the clinician may look at your posture and how you move your body. They may also assess what happens when they move it for you and see what hurts, where and when.

 

Trouble areas

Trouble areasUsing touch osteopaths also find the areas which are sensitive or tight and this helps them to identify what’s going on.

When osteopaths have done this, they can diagnose your condition. They may sometimes feel that osteopathy is not appropriate for you and refer you to your GP or another specialist such as an orthopaedic surgeon.

 

Your treatment

Your treatmentOsteopaths use a wide range of gentle manipulations, depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis.

Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints.

Sometimes, when we move joints you may hear a ‘click’. This is just like the click people get when they crack their knuckles.

The osteopath will discuss exercises that you can do to improve your posture and movement in your workplace and everyday life.

General Osteopathy Council