What to expect on your first visit

On your first visit to an osteopath at Marlborough Osteopaths you will be asked a detailed case history by your practitioner. This will include information about your symptoms and medical background. You may feel some of this is irrelevant to your problem, but bear with us, the more your Osteopath knows the easier it is for us to help you.

After the case history, which will normally take between 5 and 10 minutes, you may be asked to undress to your underwear – or as far as you are comfortable, so that your Osteopath can see you back and posture.  If you are uncomfortable, you can always bring in sports shorts or leggings.  If you have a preference as to which gender your osteopath is, then please speak to the receptionist or have a look at our Practitioner page for more details on individual osteopaths.

The examination will involve asking you to do some movements, so that any limitations or restrictions can be noted. This will help the Osteopath make a more accurate diagnosis.

When the postural examination is finished, your Osteopath may also carry out a number of medical tests, such as reflexes.

After the examination your Osteopath will make an assessment of your condition and explain the type of treatment that will help to decrease your symptoms, and discuss a treatment plan with you.

You may be referred to another agency for further investigations such as x-rays. You may also be given advice which will compliment your Osteopathic treatment. If you wish to express any concerns do not hesitate to do so to your Osteopath or reception staff.

The staff will do their best to put you at ease so that you can gain the maximum benefit from your treatment.

NB: As a courtesy and to allow you to gain the most from your treatment time please turn your cell phone or pager off.