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