What to expect from an Osteopathic treatment?

What to expect from an Osteopathic treatment? How does it work? In practice, what does it consist of?

Patients often have a lot of doubts about what to expect at their first appointment: what will the osteopath ask me, what will he/she do, how do I have to wear, do I have to bring medical tests…etc.

The session takes place with an initial case history (questions about present and past health of the patient can be useful for the Osteopath to understand the cause of patient’s problem) and then a physical examination (through observation and several orthopedic/neurologic/osteopathic tests).
The patient may be asked to remove some clothing to carry out the examination and treatment. The patient’s privacy and will should always be respected during this process.
Then the osteopathic treatment will start, based on all collected information. The treatment is exclusively manualand will use several type of techniques ( structural, fascial, craniosacral..etc) depending on the patient’s need.
At the end of the treatment the Ostheopath could make a recap, give suggestions and plan therapeutic path to restore the patient’s well-being. The number of sessions may change depending on the patient’s response to treatments.

Remember: Osteopathy is a service and it serves the patient’s well-being, so the Osteopath acts accordingly. The important think is that you feel comfortable during the whole process!
The treatment is not painful (there could be only some pain while treating but it’s temporary), usually patients describe it (I’m one of these patients) like a pure wellness treatment.

Posted by Roberta Mosconi

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