What to Expect
Your first consultation is similar to that with any medical consultation for example with your own doctor. The Osteopath will take a detailed case history, which will include any previous medical history.
An osteopathic examination based upon knowledge of applied anatomy, physiology and pathology leads the practitioner to an appropriate diagnosis. We will then explain what is wrong with you, and how we intend to treat you.
Having completed the examination the Osteopath can decide whether your problem can be treated. If it can you will receive an indication of the amount of treatment and the costs involved. If the Osteopath is not able to help you, he may ask you to visit your doctor or suggest other treatments or investigations which may be helpful in solving your problem.
There is no fixed duration for an appointment although they are generally in the region of 20 minutes. Conditions vary considerably in the amount of time they require. Please remember that what is achieved inside the consulting room is only a proportion of the Osteopath's work. It is necessary for Osteopaths to keep relevant notes, communicate with GPs, review hospital X-rays and Scans, write reports, liaise with our staff and upgrade our skills.
I'd suffered whiplash after a bump in the car, it was agony to move! But after a short set of treatments at Gelson's clinic I was feeling normal again...
- Jane Thompson, Hexham