Preparing for Your Osteopath Appointment


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Very little preparation will be required before you attend your osteopathic clinic for the first time. However, you may want to consider the fact that your osteopathy treatment may leave you feeling quite tired and very relaxed. So, if you have a long way to travel to get back home you might want to take public transport instead of having to drive home feeling exhausted. In a similar way you might not feel up for carrying out any physically demanding activity directly after your osteopathic treatment so it might be a good idea to clear your diary for the afternoon. In fact, many osteopaths will advise you to take a short nap (sleep) soon after you osteopathic treatment as this is the best time for your body to heal.

In addition to these preparations, depending on your reason for seeing an osteopath you may want to consider what you are wearing during your visit.

What You Should Consider Wearing for Your First Visit to Your Osteopath

You will probably be asked to take off your shoes so your osteopath can examine you on their examination table. This means that you may want to think about how smelly your trainers are and what type of condition your socks are in! However, if you do suffer from smelly feet do not fear, as your osteopath will probably have experienced even smellier feet than yours!

It is more important for you to visit your osteopath wearing something that you feel comfortable in so don’t worry about it too much. However, there are some particular tips that you may wish to think about depending on the access that your osteopath may need to different areas of your body:

Bra Tops for Females

If you are visiting an osteopath to help you reduce pain in your back then you should be aware that your osteopath will probably need you to take off your top. If you are female you may want to think about wearing a sports bra or a bra that you do not mind wearing in front of your osteopath.

Shorts and Pants for Upper Leg Treatment

If you are visiting an osteopath to help you reduce pain in your upper leg (thigh region) then you may want to consider wearing loose fitting shorts. However it is possible that your osteopath may not be able to work whilst you still have your shorts on, so you may need to strip down to your underwear. In this case be sure that you are wearing underwear that you do not mind wearing in front of your osteopath.


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