When you book your initial consultation, you will be asked to complete and return an intake-form in advance of your visit. The consultation will last about 60 minutes. We will begin by discussing your case further, so as to provide a more in-depth history that will help identify the most likely cause/s and predisposing factors for your complaint/s. This will take about 30 minutes and the information provided will help guide the examination.
The examination will also last about 30 minutes and, in combination with the case history, is aimed at establishing an accurate diagnosis and rational osteopathic hypothesis. This involves observing and assessing the structure and function of the body as a whole, as well as symptomatic areas, in order to better understand the relationship between the two. You will normally be asked to remove outer layers of clothing for the examination and treatment.
The examination findings will be explained to you, and together we will discuss the most appropriate course of action. If osteopathic treatment is appropriate, we will agree on the aims, strategy and likely prognosis (there may be reasons why osteopathic treatment is unsuitable at this time, or more appropriate in combination with another treatment or investigation).
The aim of the initial consultation is to establish the best treatment strategy for you. There is usually time at the end of the consultation for a short treatment, but your first full treatment session will take place on your following visit.