hg1-300x225Thank you for booking an appointment with

our practice. We know that attending your

first appointment with an osteopath can

be a little disconcerting to begin with. The

following fact sheet has been developed to

explain exactly what to expect and answer

some of the questions you might have. If

you have any other concerns, please contact

the practice by phone prior to attending

your first appointment.

At the start of your first session, your

osteopath will ask you to tell them about

your problem. They will ask questions

about your medical history and lifestyle

as well as your symptoms. This is very

important as it will help them to make an

accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate

treatment. They will write down what

you say in your records. These will be

kept confidential in compliance with the

Data Protection Act 1998. If you wish,

you may ask for a copy of these notes, an

administration fee may be charged for this.

The osteopath will need to examine the

area(s) of your body causing discomfort.

Sometimes the cause of the problem may

be in a different area to the pain, (For

example, a difference in leg length may

result in compensations in the upper back

which might result in neck pain) so they may

need to examine your whole body.

They will need to feel for tightness in

the muscles and stiffness in the joints

and may need to touch these areas to

identify problems. They will explain what

they are doing as they go along. If you

are uncomfortable with any part of this,

you have the right to ask them to stop at

any stage without prejudicing your future


In order to examine you effectively, it may

be necessary for your osteopath to ask you

to remove some clothing as appropriate for

the condition, which might mean undressing

down to your underwear. If this is a problem

for you, make your osteopath aware of this,

and discuss whether it might be appropriate

for them to treat you while you wear shorts

and a t-shirt.

The osteopath will suggest a course of

treatment, which may require several visits.

They may be able to give you an estimate

of how often they need to see you and

any associated costs by the end of the first

session. They will ask for your permission to

provide treatment and you may be asked to

sign a consent form.

Most osteopaths will begin your treatment

at your first appointment, but sometimes

they may require further tests first i.e.

blood tests or scans. Occasionally they may

diagnose an illness that they are unable

to treat and may suggest that you consult

your GP or another appropriate health


You may experience mild discomfort with

some of the treatment techniques used,

but osteopathic treatment is usually a very

gentle process. Your osteopath will let you

know if any discomfort is likely and it can

be helpful to let them know what you are

feeling. If pain persists after treatment,

contact your osteopath for advice.

You are welcome to bring someone with you

for all or part of your consultation. Children

should always be accompanied by a parent

or guardian.

If you have any other questions, ask your