Your appointment will begin with a thorough medical history assessment. Your practitioner will take the time to listen to you, and ask questions so that there is a more complete understanding of the situation and circumstances that have brought you to seek help. If relevant, questions may be asked about your work routine, diet, pattern of exercise, sleep habits, etc., as these may give clues to help our assessment.
In addition to a detailed medical history, Osteopathic assessment consists of postural observation, mobility testing and hands on palpation. The Osteopath will perform a physical examination of any structures and systems that could be related to the presenting concerns. Standard orthopedic and neurological evaluations are preformed to ensure osteopathic treatment is appropriate. If further medical investigation or medical follow up is necessary, you will be referred back to your family physician for their intervention. Osteopathy is a form of complementary medicine, designed to work together with your M.D., or other health-care practitioners.
Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle manipulations, depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis. Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage, visceral and joint manipulation to release tension, return muscles to their normal length, help relieve pain and mobilize your joints.