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Your First Visit

At Toward Health we are thorough. your first visit with one of our osteopaths will last 60 minutes. This amount of time allows us to provide the best care possible.

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Case History

Upon your first osteopathic consultation at Toward Health, your osteopath will take a detailed case history of your presenting complaint or problems.

Your osteopath will ask you about the nature of your discomfort, condition and pain including medical history.

In addition, your osteopath will ask you about your lifestyle. This allows your osteopath to know more about you and to adjust your treatment and examination to best address your problem.

Once all the relevant information has been gathered your osteopath will then complete the physical examination.

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What to Wear & Why

We recommend that you wear underwear that you are comfortable standing, for example sports bra, sports shorts etc. Shorts are available should you wish, you will be offered privacy while undressing as well.

In most instances, in order to best examine you, your osteopath will ask you to remove the items of clothing required for examination. It is not uncommon for patients to be in their underwear during examination and treatment. Getting undressed is necessary to enable your osteopath to complete the most thorough examination to make sure you are healthy and safe to receive treatment. Being able to observe the body movement and examine the skin will lead to a more precise diagnosis.

Don’t hesitate to let your osteopath know if you have any concerns, we are here to help and listen to you.

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Examination

During the examination, your osteopath will observe your posture, assess your movement, palpate the relevant joint and musculature and complete orthopaedic testing.

When indicated by your case history, your osteopath will also perform medical tests such as blood pressure, auscultation, palpation of various organs and systems check.

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Diagnosis

During the examination, your osteopath will observe your posture, assess your movement, palpate the relevant joint and musculature and complete orthopaedic testing.

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Treatment

Osteopathic treatment is hands-on. It involves moving muscles and joints using carefully selected mobilisation, manipulation and soft tissue tissues techniques to best suit your current needs (Osteopathy).

Throughout the treatment, your osteopath will explain to you what treatment is being done and how it will help you. The remainder of the appointment will be allocated to treatment (about 40 minutes).

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After your treatment

At Toward Health, we aim to take treatment beyond the treatment room.  We aim to give you a full care package, alongside our onsite treatment we will give you lifestyles advice, exercise prescription and hydrotherapy. This will accelerate your recovery and give you control over your body long-term.