Juliet Hartis

Osteopath - Paediatric, Cranial & General Practice

The Berkshire Health Clinic
Queens Gate House
18 Cookham Road
07710 995 507

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

On the first visit, your osteopath will take a detailed case history including a full medical history. Please bring with you a note of any medications (or the medications themselves) either prescribed or over the counter, including any homoeopathic or herbal remedies you are using. This will aid in assessing your condition and in reaching the correct diagnosis.

Depending on the location of the problem, the osteopath will usually want to make a full examination of your spine and the region where there is pain. This may involve undressing to your underwear or you can wear shorts and a T-shirt if you prefer. The examination will involve the osteopath palpating (touching) your muscles and joints to determine how they are working. You may be asked to perform certain movements with your spine and limbs. The cause of a pain may not be in the same area where you actually feel it, therefore it will often be important to examine a wide area of the body. You are welcome to bring a friend or relative with you into the treatment room if it makes you feel more comfortable. The case history taking and examination will take up most of the time on the first visit.

At the end of the first consultation an explanation of the diagnosis and proposed treatment plan will be discussed. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions about anything that you do not understand about the examination process or proposed treatment. Occasionally your osteopath may feel that further investigations are required before treatment can be given.

After a Treatment

The majority of patients will feel more free and comfortable straight after a treatment, however, it can take several days for the full effects of an osteopathic treatment to work through as your body will continue to adjust as it goes through the healing process. It is also possible to experience a short-term increase in your symptoms and aching in other areas of your body. Some describe this feeling as similar to that following an intense work-out at the gym. Some patients will feel tired after a treatment, others will feel energised and how you respond to one session does not necessarily indicate how you will feel following another. With this in mind, it is important to consider how this could impact on your various appointments or activities in the first day or so after a treatment and any concerns regarding possible treatment reactions should be discussed with your osteopath before starting a treatment session.

Appointment Duration

Your first visit will normally last 1 hour and subsequent visits approximately 40 minutes. However, please note that these appointment lengths may vary as some conditions need extra time and some require less time. The important point to remember is that your osteopath aims to achieve the maximum benefit for your condition during each treatment session.