When seeing the osteopath for the first time or with a new complaint, he has to take an intake interview first, followed by an examination, after which he can start the treatment. In most cases this can be done during your first consultation; however, sometimes the treatment starts at the next visit.
The osteopath starts the intake by an extensive interview to ascertain the origin of the complaint. Apart from asking questions directly related to the complaints, he also pays attention to its history, way of life and if it is family related.
The osteopath manually examines all systems of locomotion from top to toe. In this way he can ascertain all blockades and mobility limitations in the body which are related to the complaint. He then tells the patient what disorders he has found, how these are related to the complaint, how to remedy the complaint and how to prevent these in future, if possible.
During osteopathic treatment, which is done only manually, often other places are treated than the area of the complaint. Osteopaths do not make use of pieces of apparatus or medicine. After treatment the body needs time to react upon the treatment and make an appeal to the capacity of self-recovery. The osteopath does not cure but induces the body to remedy itself in clearing blockades and mobility limitations that stand in the way of recovery. Sometimes an aggravation of the complaints can initially occur after the treatment as the body adapts itself to the new situation. The treatment can vary from once a week to once every two months. Sometimes more treatments are necessary in order to get the best possible balance.