What To Expect On Your First Visit

What to expect on your first visit to the MJB Clinic

Thank you for booking an appointment with our practice. We know that attending your first appointment with an osteopath can be a little disconcerting to begin with. The following fact sheet has been developed to explain exactly what to expect and answer some of the questions you might have. If you have any other concerns, please contact the practice by phone prior to attending your first appointment.

At the start of your first session, your osteopath will ask you to tell them about your problem. They will ask questions about your medical history and lifestyle as well as your symptoms. This is very important as it will help them to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment. They will write down what you say in your records. These will be kept confidential in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. If you wish, you may ask for a copy of these notes, an administration fee may be charged for this. Before treatment begins at the MJB Clinic we will ask you to sign a consent form, your practitioner will discuss this with you in detail. Click here to see a copy of the consent form. 

The MJB Clinic's osteopaths will need to examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, (For example, a difference in leg length may result in compensations in the upper back which might result in neck pain) so they may need to examine your whole body. We will need to feel for tightness in the muscles and stiffness in the joints and may need to touch these areas to identify problems. Our practitioners will explain what they are doing as they go along. If you are uncomfortable with any part of this, you have the right to ask us to stop at any stage without prejudicing your future treatment. In order to examine you effectively, it may be necessary for your osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing as appropriate for the condition, which might mean undressing down to your underwear. If this is a problem for you, make us aware of this, and discuss whether it might be appropriate for us to treat you while you wear shorts and a t-shirt.

We may suggest a course of treatment, which may require several visits. We will aim to give you an estimate of how often we need to see you and any associated costs by the end of the first session.

Usually we will begin your treatment at your first appointment, but sometimes we may require further tests first i.e. blood tests or scans. Occasionally we may diagnose an illness that we are unable to treat and may suggest that you consult your GP or another appropriate health professional. 

You may experience mild discomfort with some of the treatment techniques used, but osteopathic treatment is usually a very gentle process. The MJB Clinic's osteopaths will let you know if any discomfort is likely and it can be helpful to let them know what you are feeling. If pain persists after treatment, contact your osteopath for advice.  Click here to see our post treatment information document for patients. 

You are welcome to bring someone with you for all or part of your consultation. Children should always be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
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