What to expect during a 
treatment with the osteopath

A treatment at Koole Osteopathie takes roughly 45 to 60 minutes. This depends on the presenting complaint you come in with and how the body reacts during the treatment.

The first treatment is made up of three parts: the intake, the examination and the treatment. 

During the examination and treatment the osteopath will ask you to undress down to your underwear. In case you would rather not, you can wear leggings or loose light clothing, with a sports bra or T-shirt. Especially jeans are difficult for us to work around.

During the intake the osteopath will ask questions to figure out why you have come. Where is the complaint, and what does it feel like? Often there are many questions the osteopathy asks to get a good image of the exact problem before starting the examination. The osteopath will also ask about any relevant medical history so they can link the issue at hand to any prior injuries or accidents.

During the examination the osteopath will observe your posture and movements. They will also palpate (feel) the muscles and joints in the back. This is usually very gentle and shouldn't hurt you. When the osteopath feels they have a general understanding of how your body works they will proceed to look more detailed at any other relevant parts of the body, such as your abdomen, arms, legs etc. If necessary there will also be some movement testing.

When the osteopath has enough information they will discuss the results and any possible treatment plans with you.

If you're happy with the explanation the osteopath will start with the treatment. The osteopath will use certain manual techniques on your body to help it function better. For some people this means creating more movement, whereas for other it means creating less. The treatment is therefore very dependent on the individual person and will never be fully the same for two individuals.

In general the techniques used by the osteopath are gentle, but in case it feels uncomfortable or you experience pain always make it known so the osteopath can accommodate for this.