The first consultation involves a detailed medical history to help identify the diagnosis and cause of your problem. The osteopaths conduct a thorough musculoskeletal examination which may involve orthopaedic testing. We will explain and discuss our diagnosis and management plan in terms you understand. Osteopathic treatment involves many different gentle manual techniques including stretching, soft tissue massage, joint articulation/mobilisation and sometimes manipulation if appropriate. We prescribe exercises specific to your problem to prevent ongoing problems. Osteopaths can refer for x-ray and other testing if necessary and work in conjunction with your GP. The first consultation takes approx. 45-60 minutes and subsequent consultations take approx. 30 minutes.