Osteopaths are healthcare professionals who are specifically trained in diagnosing health issues. At the start of your first appointment, your osteopath will ask you questions about your medical history and lifestyle, as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing. This is very important as it will help them to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment.
Your osteopath will need to perform a physical examination to determine the tissues of your body that are causing you discomfort. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, (For example, pain in your leg may be linked to the nerves in your lower back) so they may need to examine your whole body. They will explain what they are doing as they go along, and you can always ask to stop at any time if experiencing pain or discomfort.
What to wear
As with any healthcare appointment, it may be necessary for you to remove some clothing. This is so areas of the body causing you concern can be properly assessed. This is best done with the patient’s skin easily accessible, either with underwear, loose clothing or a patient gown. Patient comfort is of the utmost importance, so please discuss with your osteopath what you are most comfortable with.