Medical history and symptoms
The osteopath will take notes to open a detailed medical history including symptoms that the patient is suffering at the moment and will ask when they started and how they affect the patient in everyday life.
The osteopath will make specific questions about the general state of health, as well as accidents or trauma that have occurred in the past.
The professional will open a medical history, including illnesses and operations, dental treatments (especially extractions and orthodontics), and other relevant areas of health such as emotional stress, depression, etc.
It is important that you bring all diagnostic tests available, to facilitate the assessment.
Then it will follow a full examination, observing posture and evaluating the mobility of your back and joints.
It may also be needed an auscultation, take blood pressure or check neurological reflexes.
Then palpation will follow, with a soft and subtle touch, to feel the state of general health and feeling the tensions or distortions of their tissue; that pattern will help to make a diagnosis.
Examination and treatment sometimes do not focus on the area of the symptoms; do not be surprised if you attend the clinic because suffering a migraine and the osteopath works on your pelvis.
The problem is not always where the symptom appears. The osteopath will always try to find the real cause of the problem.
Your osteopath will explain its assessment and diagnosis in a reasonable way, as well as your treatment plan and how many sessions may be needed.
Also you can receive advice about your lifestyle and recommend exercises.
Next visits the osteopath will ask you questions about changes in symptomatology and will continue with an assessment and palpation of the entire structure to test the efficacy and effectiveness of the treatment.
We recommend to come to the appointment with comfortable clothes.