Your Osteopathic Consult
When you first see an Osteopath you will be taken through a detailed case and medical history which provides the Osteopath with a subjective understanding of your current health and presenting complaint.
Depending on your complaint, your Osteopath may perform some orthopaedic, neurological or physical systems assessments to gain an objective understanding of your complaint. Your Osteoapth will also perform or request you to perform some Osteopathic diagnostic assessments which usually involves movement assessments and palpatory findings of joints, skin and underlying muscles and tissues.
Once your Osteopath has performed an appropriate assessment then he/she will explain a treatment plan which may require a series of Osteopathic techniques.
Osteopathic assessment and treatment may require a certain amount of undress on behalf of the patient – this is not essential and preferences will be allowed for, but often some soft tissue massage is performed to help assess and loosen underlying muscles. Modesty gowns are provided if required.
Initial Consults last an hour to allow for the medical and presenting history taking and appropriate diagnostic assessment and treament.
Return or Standard Consults last 30 to 40 minutes and are designed to follow up on the treatment and managment plan derived from initial consults, or may be for a new complaint.
Supportive Therapy Sessions can be either 30 or 60 minutes depending on the requirements of the management plan discussed with the patient and may incorporate treatment as well any exercise instruction, taping or self management technique instruction.
Your Osteopath will explain in plain language what it is they are trying to achieve with the treatment plan and what each technique is aiming to do. Treatments are very much based on the individual and the types of techniques used will vary depending on the presenting condition and the patients response to manual therapy.
You will be guided on some self management techniques, which may include postural advice, stretching and or functional strength exercises (which may be incorporated into additional supportive therapy sessions) and advised on any additional treatments or actions that might be desirable for your benefit.