What to expect from your osteopathic manual practitioner
You’re considering osteopathy, which means you have already brought your body one step closer to its natural state of health and well-being. The next step is to schedule your initial consultation.
At this first appointment, I will guide you through a physical assessment, observing your posture and gait. I will also conduct light movement testing with my hands. We will discuss, in confidence, your current and past medical history, including results from ultrasounds, x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other pertinent medical tests.
The more your DOMP knows about you, the better. A thorough understanding of various aspects of your lifestyle, including hobbies, leisure and recreational habits, will better enable me to determine potential areas of influence over your current symptoms.
Based on your initial consultation, I will let you know which areas need to be treated first. Initial areas of treatment may not be consistent with your symptoms. Through the interconnectedness of the body, symptoms of pain may be compensatory from other areas of restriction or previous injury. For example, low back pain may be the result of a hip problem, or a digestive issue, or due to menstrual cycles. Treatment will commence, and you will leave your appointment with your questions answered and a plan for future care.
What to wear
In the interest of an accurate assessment, as well as your personal comfort, I recommend that you wear yoga pants, track pants or shorts, with a t-shirt or tank top. Gowns are also available.