What happens during my first consultation?
When we first meet, I will want to know all about your problem and symptoms to get an idea of how they can help you. This will include your medical history, any medications you are taking or other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem.
Once I have heard your story, I will conduct an assessment and clinical tests. These include postural assessments, observing range of motion, and activities or exercises, which will help me to determine how to formulate a plan to help you. For example, you may be asked to lift your arm or legs, or to bend so that I can observe your movements.
Osteopathy takes a whole of body approach to treatment. I may look at the area that is troubling you as well as other parts of your body. For example if you have a sore knee, I might also look at your ankle, pelvis and back. With your permission, I will feel your joints and tissues with my hands to assess tissue tension.
I will likely provide you with some information about my assessment findings and give you some advice on how to help you to manage your condition. Together, we will come up with a plan to get you feeling better and work towards meeting your goals.
Is Osteopathy covered by health insurance?
Osteopathic manual therapy is not covered by MSP, as we are not physicians. However more and more extended benefits companies will now cover osteopathy (when provided by an Osteopathy BC member) so please check with your company for the specifics of your plan. Payment is due at the time of your appointment. We will issue you with a receipt which you may submit to your insurance company for reimbursement (if covered by your plan).
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
You do not need a doctor’s referral to visit an osteopathic practitioner, unless it is required by your insurance company.
What should I wear to my appointment?
Comfortable, stretchy clothing is ideal, for example, sweat pants or shorts and tank top or cotton t-shirt.
What do I need to bring?
Bring along any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have.
Is osteopathic treatment painful?
Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, I will aim to make you as comfortable as possible and will only do so with your permission.
Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, you can always contact me to discuss your concerns.
How many treatments are generally needed, and how often?
The first follow-up visit is usually booked within 1-2 weeks following the initial consultation. Most people can expect to begin to feel relief within the first three treatments, however, more chronic conditions may take longer to resolve. Follow up visits are typically booked anywhere from 2-4 weeks apart, and treatment frequency is based on individual needs, which we will discuss.
Do you have a question that wasn’t answered here? I would be happy to hear from you!