What to expect at your appointment

Please allow about an hour for your first appointment and about 30-45 mins for follow up appointments.

A detailed Case History

We will take a detailed case history including information such as present symptoms, onset, cause, how it is affecting your day to day living, your past medical history including – general health, medication, diet & exercise, stress both physical & emotional, any illnesses, operations, trauma and any dental work. Please add anything you think will be beneficial for the practitioner to know.


A thorough examination

On your first appointment we may ask you to undress down to your underwear so we can assess the movements of the spine. If you prefer to, you can wear a pair of shorts and vest. You are also very welcome to bring someone with you if that makes you feel more comfortable. We assess your posture, asking you to do bending and moving of your body. We may carry out relevant clinical tests such as taking your blood pressure, listening to your lungs or checking your reflexes. We also may carry out tests to try to reproduce the pain in order to help us to make a diagnosis.



Based on the case history and assessment we’ll discuss with you our thoughts and findings and arrive at a working diagnosis. This takes into consideration the cause of the current symptoms but also looks at why this problem has developed, including any predisposing and maintaining factors.

Treatment aims to relieve your current symptoms, but also address the underlying cause. Lifestyle advice is given to help reduce the maintaining factors causing a problem so that re-occurrence is less likely.

Responses to treatment – sometimes you can feel a little sore after a treatment (24-48 hrs) which is quite normal. Treatment can sometimes cause the body to go into a “healing crisis”, which is when your body is trying to accommodate and make the changes treatment is asking of it. If you are concerned that your treatment response is more than you expected, please call and speak to your osteopath. We may ask you to come in for a free of charge assessment or if needed refer you on to your GP.

On average you can expect to have between 2-6 treatments for the presenting problem, but this will depend on the severity and length of time it has been around. It is very common to continue with maintenance treatments to reduce the return of the symptoms – a bit like an MOT for your car!


For Babies & Children

All children under the age of 16 yrs must be accompanied by an adult (preferably a parent).

As well as taking a detailed case history we will ask about your pregnancy and labour, the birth and your child’s development. We assess their movements and posture to help identify any underlying factors causing the problem.

It is helpful if parents/carers entertain their child during treatment, so if they have a favourite toy or book then do bring these along. We do have some books and toys available. Babies and children don’t have to lie down for treatment. They can sit on the floor and play, sit on your lap or have a breast/bottle feed. You could explain to your child that the osteopath will place their hands on their head or body and treatment will not cause them pain. Please bring your child’s red book to your appointment so we can communicate the treatment with your Health Visitor & Doctor.


If you have any questions about what to expect then please do get in contact and speak to a practitioner before your appointment.