Written by Jessica Jackman (Osteopath)
If you have never been to an osteopath before, it can be hard to know what to expect when you walk through the door. Having a better idea of the process might help you decide if osteopathy is right for you.
Please allow adequate time for your appointment. If you haven’t been before, you will be required to fill out paperwork about yourself. This includes contact details and medical history. This may take up to 10 minutes to fill in.
Your initial appointment time is at least 30 minutes, but can take up to 45 minutes for the whole consultation.
Follow-up appointments are generally limited to 30 minutes.
After the paperwork is done, the practitioner will take you into the room to talk about why you have come in for your appointment. Usually they will take notes on your presenting complaint and ask lots of questions about the complaint (e.g. how and when the complaint started, the type of pain if any, what relives or aggravates the complaint). A thorough medical case history is completed afterwards, to investigate and see if there are other conditions you may experience that can influence the current complaint.
A thorough physical examination of the patient is then undertaken, which may include range of motion testing or neurological and orthopaedic testing, which helps identify the cause of pain.
A diagnosis is discussed with the patient at this point and a treatment plan is proposed.
If safe to do so, treatment is then performed on the patient with the patient’s consent.
It is best to wear comfortable clothing to an appointment. You may be asked to remove some clothing so the skin is exposed, for better sight of the problem (e.g. spine), or so that oils or creams may be applied for massage of the area. If you are uncomfortable doing this, please just let the practitioner know.
Type of treatment
Treatment is individually tailored to each patient depending on the patient’s condition, the complaints and subsequent diagnosis. However there are some techniques which are commonly used that may be used in your appointment, such as:
– soft tissue techniques (massage)
– manipulation of joints
– muscle energy technique
– muscle and fascial release.
If you have previous medical imaging relating to your complaint, it is helpful to bring it along. This might include X-rays, MRI or CT scans, or ultrasounds. However it isn’t compulsory have medical imaging to attend an appointment with your osteopath.
If you would like to book an appointment with an Osteopath you can call the clinic on (03) 5429 3610 or book online by clicking the link below.