What to expect

On the first visit

If you're a first-time client at Charlbury Osteopaths, you'll need to provide some information about your background, medical history and the nature of your condition. This is so that we can provide the best possible care, tailored to your specific circumstances.

Case History
We'll have some brief paperwork for you to fill in on your first visit. This paperwork provides us with general information about you and your condition. This part of the assessment is particularly importants as it ensures that osteopathy is the most appropriate treatment for you and that any intervention is both appropriate and safe.


What happens during a treatment?

As well as asking about your medical history and any medication you are taking, a detailed assessment is made of your physical condition to identify any issues and underlying causes. The Osteopath will examine your posture, mobility and gently feel the tone of your muscles and the flexibility of your joints. You may be asked to demonstrate a series of gentle movements. If your practitioner feels it is necessary further tests may be carried out to assess other functions such as those relating to your nerves, lungs, heart and blood vessels.

Once a diagnosis has been made the Osteopath will discuss your treatment plan with you. There are a variety of treatment techniques used by Osteopaths ranging from gentle massage to stronger manipulation of your body. The technique used by your practitioner will depend upon the effect required. Your practitioner will discuss these techniques with you beforhand to ensure you are comfortable and aware of what is going on.


Osteopaths do not generally use x-ray examination on all patients. If it is felt that x-rays are required to rule out more serious conditions or to assist in determining the most effective treatment plan for you, you will be referred to your General Practitioner.


Same-day treatment
Once the examination is complete, patients will generally have their first treatment during this same visit. This may include spinal adjustments, and other osteopathic techniques as outlined on the previous page.


Home instructions
Before leaving, you'll be given instructions on certain activities or procedures to be carried out at home. This may include ice or heat applications, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises.


Scheduling the next appointment

Regular treatment is essential to the process. We arrange our treatments around your schedule. Generally speaking, patients are seen weekly and are provided with a complete review of findings. Treatment options for your condition will also be discussed at this time.