What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy that aims to treat and prevent health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person's muscles and joints to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms.
What to expect on your first visit
Osteopaths are healthcare professionals who are specifically trained in diagnosing muscuoloskeletal health issues.
At the start of your first appointment, you will be asked questions about your medical history and lifestyle, as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing. This is very important as it will help to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment.
Everything will be written down in your records. These will be treated as confidential in accordance with standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If you wish, you may request a copy of your notes, but you may be charged an administration fee for this.
Your osteopath will need to examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort, this means that you might be asked to removed some of your clothing items. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, (For example, pain in your lower arm may be linked to the nerves in your neck).
If you are uncomfortable with any part of this, you have the right to ask them to stop at any stage, without prejudicing your future treatment.
What should I wear?
It is advisable to wear comfortable clothing such as shorts or leggings and a vest top.