What to expect when you visit Nolan Osteopathy for the first time

February 1, 2018

Maria Nolan

For many of our patients, their first appointment with us is the first time they will have visited an osteopath so it is natural to feel a little unsure of what to expect. If this sounds like you, keep reading as I’m going to share with you some helpful information on getting the most out of your first session with us.

Case History

Your first appointment with us will take approximately 60 minutes. It will be a one to one consultation and during it, your osteopath will ask you questions about your medical history, previous injuries and daily activities to gain a thorough understanding of what may be the root cause of your pain.


Your osteopath will then take you through an examination and some gentle movements to identify what may have triggered your symptoms and to assess how your body moves. This will also assist your osteopath in developing an accurate diagnosis and in recommending the most appropriate treatment plan to suit your circumstances.


Once you and the osteopath have agreed on the recommended treatment plan, your osteopath will commence the treatment. It is important to know that treatment varies for every patient. Techniques such as joint articulation, mobilisation, soft tissue massage and stretching are typically used to improve joint movement and help relieve pain.

Your osteopath may offer advice and exercises on posture and conducting daily activities to help you to manage your symptoms at home, reducing the chance of your symptoms returning.

Under no circumstances will any treatment be carried out without your informed consent.

Other helpful information

You are more than welcome to have a friend or a relative attend with you to act as a chaperone during your examination and treatment if this makes you feel more comfortable.

Your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear for the examination and treatment. Please feel free to wear shorts and a top or a swimsuit if you so wish.

You don’t need to be referred by your doctor to come see us. We are primary care practitioners, which means we are fully qualified and certified to treat you. All our osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council and are fully insured.

Nolan Osteopathy is registered with most of the major health insurance companies. If you are unsure whether we are registered with your insurance company, please email us at enquiries@nolanosteopathy.co.uk and we’ll be happy to check for you.

We hope you found this information helpful but if you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.