For a first visit, it’s recommended to arrive a little earlier, as you will have to complete added or initial paperwork.
Throughout your first examination our Osteo For Families Osteopath will ask questions about your issue and symptoms. You will also be asked questions about your medical history, any medicines you are taking or other factors that could not appear to be directly related to your problem. If your medical condition modifies throughout the course of your osteopathic therapy, please tell us right away.
Our Osteopath may also inquire about any recent X-rays, scans or test results that you could have.
Your initial assessment might last up to one hour. This will allow your osteopath to take a comprehensive history, examine and treat you. Follow-up treatments are typically much shorter. Depending upon your condition, we allow 30 minutes.
Depending upon the area of your body requiring treatment, you might be asked to undress to your underwear. It is essential that you feel comfy, so you might want to use loose trousers or bring a pair of shorts to change into.
Next, our Osteopath will conduct a full osteopathic examination and if essential, medical tests. This may include diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments and tasks or exercises, which will assist identify exactly how to manage your condition.
The examination may include passive and active motions, such as the osteopath lifting your arms or legs. Likewise you may be asked to stand and move the affected region. As osteopathy takes a holistic approach to therapy, our Osteopath might take a look at other parts of your body, along with the area that is troubling you. For instance, if you have an aching knee, your osteopath may also look at your ankle, hips and back.
You may also be supplied education and guidance to assist you in handling your condition between therapies. This might consist of offering you exercises to do at home or work.
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy which means ‘a hands on’ approach is taken. Techniques used will consist of: soft tissue massage, repetitive motions, stretching with and without resistance, joint mobilisation and manipulation. Many osteopathic techniques are gentle and should not trigger undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on therapy of uncomfortable and tender areas, your Osteopath will exercise care to make you as comfortable as possible.
Some individuals experience light tenderness for a day or two after treatment, just like that felt after light exercise. If tenderness continues or increases substantially, call our Diamond Creek and Darwin Osteopathy Clinic on 0416 161 411 to discuss your concerns.
Generally you would anticipate seeing some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits; nevertheless, some long-lasting or persistent conditions may need a longer course or even more regular therapy. If you have any concerns, your osteopath will be happy to discuss these with you.