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Your First Osteopathic Treatment

Osteopathy – What to expect at your first appointment.

What to expect on your first appointment?

Going to an osteopath may seem a little daunting. That’s why I’ve written a page of frequently asked questions to explain what to expect and answer some of the questions you might have. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the Glasgow Osteopath by phone before attending your first appointment.

What happens on my first session?

At the start of your first appointment, Daniel, your osteopath will want to find out why you want to see him. He will want to find out him about you and your problem. Questions may include your medical history and lifestyle as well as your symptoms. This is very important as it will help him to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment in the clinic and appropriate home treatment for you to do. This will be written down in Osteopathic medical records that are kept. These will be kept confidential in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. If you wish, you may ask for a copy of these notes, though an administration fee may be charged for this.

Daniel will examine the area(s) of your body causing pain and discomfort. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain. For example, foot pain may be caused by changes in the movement at the hip joint, or pelvis. So sometimes, the whole body may need to examined.

The osteopath will need to feel for tightness in the muscles and stiffness in the joints and may need to touch these areas to identify problems. I may also move your body to see if we can reproduce the pain. I will explain what I’m doing as we go along. I will also check to see if you are happy for me to continue with each step. If you are uncomfortable with any part of this, you have the right to ask me to stop at any stage without prejudicing your future treatment.

Will I need to get undressed?

To examine you effectively, it may be necessary to ask you to remove some clothing. The amount of clothing removed will be kept to the absolute minimum, but you need to be aware that you may have to undress to your underwear depending on where needs to be examined. Shorts/T-shirt or swimwear can often be worn instead.

How many treatments will I need?

Daniel will suggest a course of treatment, which may require several visits. He will try to give you an estimate of how often they need to see you and any associated costs by the end of the first session. Although I find this more accurate after the second one as I can find out how you react to treatment. They will ask for your permission to provide treatment and you may be asked to sign a consent form.

Most patients will be treated on their first appointment, but sometimes further tests first may be required i.e. blood tests or scans. Occasionally I may diagnose or suspect something that I am unable to treat and may suggest that you consult your GP or another appropriate health professional.

Does it hurt?

You may experience discomfort with some of the treatment techniques used, but you will always set the limit. If you find anything too painful, or if you just don’t like it what is being done you have the right to ask me to stop at any stage without prejudicing your future treatment. Daniel will let you know if any discomfort is likely and it is helpful to let me know what you are feeling. If pain persists after treatment, contact your osteopath for advice.

Can I bring a relative with me?

You are welcome to bring someone with you for all or part of your consultation. Children should always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you have any other questions before making an appointment, please call or E-mail

Osteopathy for Pain Relief

Treatment for pain

Pain relief is one of the main reasons people come to osteopaths for osteopathic treatment. Osteopathy helps people of all ages who suffer from pain, tackling complaints ranging from sports and work-related injuries to arthritis and sciatica. The osteopaths role is to alleviate pain and improve the patient’s mobility in order to make life more comfortable.

What is pain?

Pain is your bodies way of telling you that something is wrong. It is often caused by swelling of tissue, which creates pressure on nerves and leads to discomfort. Pain is a useful mechanism to alert you to a problem, and stops you from damaging your body further.

It should always be taken seriously.

Pain can affect many areas of the body, but particularly the lower back, head, neck, joints and legs. It can result from injuries and arthritis, and can also manifest itself in the form of rheumatic pain and period pain.

Osteopaths diagnose the causes of pain and help to ease it by increasing movement, decreasing muscle spasm and reducing tissue inflammation.

Treatment methods range from massage and soft tissue techniques to muscles and connective tissues to manipulation and stretching of joints. This helps to reduce muscle spasm, increase mobility and to create a healthier state in which damaged tissues can heal.

The skilled techniques of an osteopath can often allow you a speedy return to normal activity. If you have had a pain for a long time, and other forms of treatment have not helped, osteopathic treatment could be beneficial.

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Osteopathy vs Chiropractic vs Physiotherapy

The Difference between Osteopathy,Physiotherapy and Chiropractic

I frequently get asked what’s the difference between an osteopath, a chiropractor and a physiotherapist. I keep trying to think of a punch line that’s funny, but haven’t come up with one yet (suggestions in the comments section). Another therapist did once attempt a humourous answer, but it was just that, an attempt.

This can be quite a hard question to answer professionally as I’m an osteopath and I’m biased!

This is a go at an over simplified differentiation of the differences (I hope)

Osteopaths treat the bones, muscles, ligaments, and joints. We can therefore treat any part of the body directly. We are also looking at how these different areas connect together. This helps us find predisposing and maintaining factors i.e. trying to find the real cause of your problem and make sure it doesn’t come back. What I mean by this is you may have pain in your knee that is caused by twisting and torsion in your calf as a result of your flat foot. Treating the knee may make your knee pain go away, but if the foot problem isn’t addressed your knee pain will keep coming back. (still with me?)

A chiropractor would probably look at your knee, X-ray your back and tell you that your knee pain is caused by a joint in your back out-of-place. This is because Chiropractors generally look at spinal joints and the way this would affect the nervous system, and nothing else. (still there?)

A physio (now this is a hard one). The best way I can show you the difference is to describe a patient I used to treat and let you work it out for yourself. I used to treat a footballer who suffered with recurrent groin and hamstring strains. The club physio kept getting him pain-free, and back to training. Within a couple of “proper” matches he’d be out again with the same problem as before.

This had happened 3 times in one season. (nearly the whole season wasted). The player was frustrated. When I saw him for the first time I looked at his whole body and found most of his problems were due to overtight muscles in his hip/buttock area and his low back.

I treated those and I haven’t heard of any problems since (on TV, radio or press. Yes he was that well-known)

This is a very general reply, and the best way to find out for yourself is to try the 3 therapies. Most offer a free assessment, just make sure they don’t sign you up for life!

If you want to find out a little bit more about osteopathy I do a free 15 minute assessment. You can book an appointment online