On your first visit the osteopath will take a detailed case history from you. It is important that the osteopath gets a clear and full picture of what you and your body has experienced even over many years, so you might be asked questions that may seem irrelevant to your present condition.
The osteopath will then examine you and evaluate your problem, looking at your posture and movements and feeling the quality and tone of your tissues. The examination may require you to undress to your underwear. The osteopath will then give you a diagnosis of your problem and explain a treatment plan for you. Treatment is mainly carried out using manual techniques such as soft tissue massage, stretching tissues, articulating and manipulating joints. These are usually backed up with exercises and advice on posture and lifestyle where appropriate.
Osteopathy is suitable for patients of all ages from new born babies to grandparents as treatment is tailored to suit the needs of the individual.