So what does a typical osteopathic consultation in my sidcup clinic, Love Your Back Osteopathy entail?
Firstly, we need to take medical notes. The way in which we take our notes vary from practitioner to practitioner, but the basic content and information we are gathering is the same. Aside from your admin details we talk about the pain you have, the story of how you cam about to be in so much pain, your previous medical history of all your aches and pains and surgeries. We go through your systems like your cardiovascular health, respiratory health, car accidents and previous fractures to name a few. But why do we need so much information?
Believe it our not, your body tells a story. You may be sitting there in pain, thinking ‘hurry up’ but the more we can understand how you may have potentially ended up in so much pain, then the better we can diagnose and treat you. Sometimes we need to refer back to your GP but more often than not, we can treat you.
The human body in incredibly clever. Most people can appreciate this. The intricate way each vertebrae is shaped in your spine depicts movement and function. The same goes for all joints in your body. Our habits, the way we sit, the way we walk, the sports we par take in, all ascertain the way our muscles move our joints. These patterns become palpable.
We initially start to build an idea of what is potentially contributing to your pain, and discomfort through the verbal case history. We then collect further data by assessing your physical movements both actively (you moving) and passively (therapist moving you). Your active movements bring out the patterns in your musculoskeletal system, show any muscles that are stronger than others, any curvatures in the spine and how your joints move accordingly. Your passive movements allow us to feel the pattern, where the tissue drag lies, which joints are moving more freely against the other, and where the deeper root cause to your problem lies.
A typical consultation requires verbal, observational and kinaesthetic data to thoroughly assess, diagnose and formulate a treatment plan. This data enables us to give you the best treatment, prognosis and aftercare advice, so don’t hold back. Answer your osteopath’s questions, it is useful information, not just a form filling exercise.
We do a consultation with each treatment, because your symptoms will change. You will be getting better! Re-evaluating all our information from the previous consultation will affirm that we are on the right treatment plan, and if we are not, then the plan needs to be adjusted. Each treatment is bespoke to you in that moment, this is what makes osteopathic treatment so unique. And beautiful! But I am an osteopath and proudly biased :).
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