What to expect

You do not need to see your GP before visiting an osteopath. GPs may refer patients to osteopaths where they believe osteopathic intervention would be beneficial.

For the examination you will be asked to remove your outer layers of clothing, so please wear something you are comfortable in. A gown can be provided if you wish. During the treatment you will have the option of being covered with a towel/blanket. You are welcome to bring a friend or relative with you into the treatment room.

Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques. Your management may include other clinical examinations such as assessment of blood pressure, pulses or a neurological exam. We are trained to identify any pain arising from a musculoskeletal problem and to recognize when a patient needs to be referred on to another healthcare professional.

Niamh will explain what she is doing throughout the consultation and will ask your permission to examine and treat you. At the end of the examination, Niamh will give you a clear explanation of her findings (the diagnosis). Niamh is passionate about patient education and believes this to be a fundamental part of the treatment process. Following this, Niamh will discuss your treatment plan and you will be involved in decisions about your care.

It is important to be aware that due to the physical nature of the treatment, you may sometimes feel some mild discomfort 24-48 hours after treatment. These effects seem more common after the first treatment and lessen with subsequent treatments.

After booking your first appointment, Niamh will either send or email you a confirmation letter. This will include a summary of the key information you need to know before your initial appointment.