Osteopathic treatment is non-invasive, drug-free and tailored to the individual. During the first visit your osteopath will ask you about your current problem, your lifestyle, and your medical history to better get an understanding of what is causing your problem.
We've found that patients are most comfortable remaining in their clothes during examination and treatment. A large portion of patients will be treated without having to dress down but in some instances it will be necessary for the osteopath to ask you to remove various articles of clothing to better see and treat your problem. In these instances, your modesty will be taken in to account and a towel will be readily available for you. On the chance that this happens, wearing sensible underclothing is advised.
During the examination, feel free to ask the osteopath at any point what he is doing. He will explain to you his findings and how they relate to your problems. Before commencing treatment he will explain to you more fully what is wrong and what he recommends should be done about it so you can make an informed decision about your treatment.
You will be provided exercise and lifestyle advice with your treatment. YOU have the largest impact on your health and we hope that by helping you to improve your lifestyle, you won't need to come and visit us as frequently.
In some patients with a long history of back pain or chronic health problems, it may be for your best benefit to have a regular checkup just to make sure your health is going in the right direction. Checkups will enable the osteopath to determine if you have underlying problems before things turn serious. Just like you're supposed to visit the dentist every so often, your osteopath will let you know if you might benefit from occasional checkups.
Remember pain is the last symptom to show up and the first symptom to go.