What To Expect at Your First Osteopathy Appointment

๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜? โฃ โฃ The way I conduct my initial appointment has shifted a bit since the pandemic. In order to keep everyone as safe as possible, initial appointments are essentially done in two parts. Part 1 is a virtual appointment, with the second part done in-person.


Hereโ€™s what to expect:โฃ


1๏ธโƒฃ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐Ÿ’ป. Weโ€™ll have a conversation where you get to ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ, how your symptoms began, and how it has impacted your life. โฃ โฃ Weโ€™ll review your ๐Ÿ“ health/ medical history and may perform a visual assessment of motion tests, if appropriate. โฃ

โฃ This information will help me to start to piece together ๐Ÿงฉ the root cause of your pain or discomfort and to start to develop a treatment plan based on your goals. โฃ โฃ 2๏ธโƒฃ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป-๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜. โฃ Here, we will conduct an assessment including movement tests ๐Ÿ”Ž, and hands-on assessment of tissue tension followed by a treatment ๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ. โฃ โฃ As an osteopathic practitioner, I am trained in a wide range of techniques and we have many tools in our toolbox of methods ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿงฐ. These include: โฃ โฃ โ€ข ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ป๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€ (light touch techniques on the skull, jaw and face)โฃ โฃ โ€ข Gentle ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ปโฃ

โฃ โ€ข ๐— ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ป๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€ (soft touch techniques that often lead to a feeling of โ€œmeltingโ€ tension release & relaxation)โฃ โฃ โ€ข ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐˜† ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ป๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€ where you contract, relax, or breathe along as we gain range of motion โฃ โฃ โ€ข ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ป๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€ (on the abdomen, chest, or pelvic area that can help with things like digestive discomfort) โฃ โฃ โ€ข ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ป๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€ (only done externally and may involve balancing with breathing or contract/relax exercises) โฃ โฃ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต.โฃ โฃ Weโ€™ll discuss what I find and Iโ€™ll answer any questions you may have. Together, weโ€™ll come up with a treatment plan of how often to follow up and exercises or pain-management strategies for you to do on your own.โฃ โฃ Interested in trying osteopathy?โฃ I'd love to hear from you!

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