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· You will be seen by a fully qualified and registered osteopath

· Your first appointment will last for approximately 30-45 minutes, follow-up

   appointments will last 30 minutes.

· Your osteopath needs to know about your health, past and present and you

   will be asked detailed questions about your complaint, medical history, general
   health and any medication you may be taking.

· The osteopath will carry out a careful physical examination sometimes incorporating medical equipment to help with the diagnosis.

· Your osteopath will normally ask you to remove some of your clothing and perform a simple series of movements.

· If you choose, you may have a friend or relative present during the appointment.

· The osteopath will use touch to identify points of weakness or excessive strain in your body.

· You will usually be treated lying on a treatment couch.

· Osteopaths usually start any treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints, using gentle massage techniques,

rhythmic joint movements and muscle release techniques.  They may also carry out spinal manipulations.  These are short, quick movements to joints in order to help restore normal joint function and mobility.

· Your osteopath may show you exercises to do at home and suggest ways you can improve your posture.

· The number of treatments needed depends on your condition.  If you have chronic low back pain for example, you may need several

treatments.  For acute pain, one or two treatments may be enough.

· After an osteopathic treatment you may feel stiff or sore for a few hours, this can feel similar to post-exercise soreness. Feel free to ring

and talk with your osteopath if you have any concerns.