Osteopathy is a patient-centred system of healthcare. Your first appointment will last about 45 minutes to an hour to allow your Osteopath adequate time to:
- Listen and ask questions about your problem, your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking, and record this in your case notes. The information you provide will be confidential
- Examine you properly. It is likely your Osteopath will ask you to remove some of your clothing, which will allow your Osteopath to observe your posture and the area of pain.
- Ask you to make simple movements to observe your posture and mobility. Because of the body’s structure, pain or stiffness you are experiencing in one part of your body may be linked to a problem elsewhere
- Examine the health of your joints, tissues and ligaments using a highly developed sense of touch called palpation
- Check for signs of serious conditions that are not suitable for Osteopathic treatment. In such cases it may be appropriate to refer you to your GP.
- Develop a working diagnosis based on their in depth observations and analysis, and discuss/commence a treatment plan specifically designed for you, to get you free from pain, and back to your normal daily activities, as quickly as possible
Can I bring someone with me?
Yes. You can ask a friend or relative to accompany you for the duration of your consultation if you would prefer. An adult or appointed representative should be present with any patient of sixteen years or younger.
What should I wear?
It’s best to wear something comfortable, which will allow unrestricted movement so that your Osteopath can properly assess you. Many patients like to bring along a pair of shorts and a vest top to change into
Can I ask questions?
Yes. Please feel free to ask as many questions as you like. It is of the utmost importance that you are happy and comfortable throughout the entire consultation and treatment process, and that you understand what you are being treated for, and why
If you have any concerns or discomfort during treatment, please tell your Osteopath straight away
What responses can I expect to Osteopathic treatment?
Many patients consult Osteopaths looking for relief from painful symptoms; some patients experience some initial aching for 24 to 48 hours after treatment but then start to gain relief from their symptoms. Research has been undertaken to look at common responses to manual therapy treatment and this has shown that local discomfort, tiredness, headache or stiffness can occur after treatment in approximately 10-20% patients
Is Osteopathy safe?
Osteopathy is generally very safe. Osteopaths undergo a long period of training and are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Training prepares Osteopaths to examine and screen for potential difficulties that indicate where certain techniques should not be used, thereby avoiding patients being exposed to unnecessary risk.
Please note that though Osteopathy is becoming more available in Spain it is currently unregulated, unlike in the UK where the profession is strictly controlled and monitored by the GOsC. Consequently, it is very important that if you are seeking Osteopathic treatment in Spain, that you make sure your Osteopath is both properly qualified and insured to treat you
You can be confident when visiting Osteo Maestra that the service delivered to you, will be that required by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), the UK’s regulatory body, and the world leader in setting and promoting the highest standards of competency, conduct and safety