What Does Osteopathic Treatment Involve?

Am I required to arrive early for my first appointment?
Yes you should arrive early for your first appointment as you will need to fill out initial paperwork.

Why am I asked to complete paperwork?
An osteopath will need to record your medical history, the first visit to an osteopath will run along the same lines as an initial visit to a GP. The osteopath will want to hear about all symptoms, lifestyle, emotional status as well as details of any past accidents or traumas. Under the law, an osteopath needs to obtain your approval to treat you, so you may be asked to sign an ‘informed consent’ form.

What should I wear? 
It’s important that you feel comfortable, so wear a comfortable shirt and loose pants or bring a pair of shorts to change into.

Can I bring a friend or relative? 
Yes, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.

Your first consultation and treatment
Your osteopath will conduct a full osteopathic examination and, if necessary, clinical tests, this may involve diagnostic, orthopedic or neurological tests, postural assessments and activities or exercises. The examination may include passive and active movements, such as the osteopath lifting your arms or legs. After initial consultation the osteopath will be able to offer a diagnosis and discuss a treatment program, may also advise dietary changes, home exercise programs and lifestyle adjustments.

Is osteopathic treatment painful?
Most osteopathic treatments are gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persist or increases significantly, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns.

How long will my appointment take?
Your initial consultation may last up to 40-60 min. Follow-up treatments are usually shorter.

How many appointments will I need?
All treatment programs are highly individual, most simple problems often require only 3-4 treatments. Chronic problems usually need periodically maintain treatment.

Qualifications and Training
Depending on country university graduates hold either a Bachelors or Master qualification (Osteopathic Practitioner or Doctor of Osteopathy, in other countries). Doctor of Osteopathy completes a minimum four years university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. He is also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.