Following the case history, the osteopath will examine you and may have to perform several tests in order to diagnose the problem. In order to do this the osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear and touch you on various areas of yours body. Changing will take place away from any communal areas. Consent will be sought and if at any point you feel uncomfortable, please make this known.
An in-depth physical assessment will take place once you have dressed down, allowing the osteopath to assess your posture, walking, movement, etc. This is required to come to a diagnosis for your complaint and guide any treatment.
If, for religious or other reasons, you are unable to undress, this should be discussed with the reception staff, and the osteopath before your appointment. Headgear of any kind does not normally present a problem. If your osteopath diagnoses a problem that will not benefit from osteopathic treatment, you will be referred elsewhere without delay.