What does an initial consultation involve?
As with all our new patients, you will require an initial consultation, so that we can identify your specific requirements and recommend the most effective solution. An initial consultation lasts around an hour and involves a session with one of our osteopaths, which includes:
A full history questionnaire – this involves your osteopath asking a series of questions about your health and lifestyle history, so that we can ensure osteopathy is an appropriate and effective treatment for your requirements.
An examination – following your questionnaire, your osteopath will provide a full examination. It is probable that you will be asked to remove some items of clothing. Consequently, you may wish to bring some shorts or leggings and a vest top for your comfort, although this is not essential.
Your examination will involve you being asked to perform some active movements involving the specific area of concern, which will allow the osteopath to assess and determine what is causing the problem.
The osteopath will use ‘touch’ to try to identify the cause of the problem, and make a diagnosis, which will then be discussed with you.
Additional examinations – Additional examinations such as neurological testing and blood pressure may be necessary. If the osteopath is concerned that there may be a more serious underlying condition not due to a musculoskeletal cause, the osteopath will refer the patient to their GP for further investigation.
If you would like to book an initial consultation or have any questions relating to this, please contact the practice.