All the things you need to know about your first appointment with an osteopath

You have decided to go to an osteopath. After much research, you may still have some questions.

Maybe you have heard about osteopathy and have some vague expectations?
Maybe you are still concerned if it is the right choice for you?
Maybe you have heard your friends and family members talk about osteopathy, but none of them could give you a clear description of what it really is. All they told you is something along those lines: “It was amazing!”, “It helped!”, “Go see osteopath XY, (s)he is wonderful and can certainly help you!” etc.

It is true that part of the osteopathic sessions cannot really be described because it is individual.

As the rule of a thumb, see it that way: a person who has back pain does very likely not experience the same back pain as another person. An osteopath’s job is first to figure out what the underlying cause of your discomfort is – and secondly to apply specific techniques to resolve the root cause. That is the reason why none of your acquaintances and friends can give you an accurate description of what they had experienced. They experienced the sessions individually.

What should you know about your first session?

In this post, I will inform you about your first session with an osteopath.
We cover questions like: what should you bring?
What does the osteopath do?
When will you have to go back?

What to bring?

On your first session with an osteopath, bring your health report and a list of medication, if they are in your possession. Also, some people with specific conditions may need a referral from a doctor, stating contraindications.
And last but not least, bring sports pant and a t-shirt, soft clothes you feel comfortable in.

What to expect once you are there?

On the first session, I will open your file. I will ask you questions about your discomfort, as well as questions about your general health concerns, for example, the heart, respiration, digestion and sleep quality. In women, the reproductive organs also play an important role during the interview part.

In the next step, I will examine you in a standing, seated and lying position. And when I have collected all information, I will proceed with the application of specific osteopathic maneuvers to help you resolve the discomfort.

Follow-up questions about your well-being as well as the examination of your posture are part of every session.

Is it necessary to see an osteopath often?

Follow-ups depend on the person and are individual as well. I try to be as efficient as possible to help you solve as much of the discomfort as possible during the first appointment. As a rule of a thumb consider a second session to make sure you are on a good path. After that, in most cases, I let the individuals decide when it is time for them to follow up. I give guidelines. However every person is unique, therefore, the timings for follow-ups are unique, as well.


If you have any questions, call or email me!

May the health be with you!