Preparing for Your Initial Session

What medical history information should I bring?
In the appointment confirmation email that you receive, you will find a link to medical history forms. Please follow the link and complete the forms prior to your initial visit.

If you are unable to complete the medical history forms online, notify your practitioner, please arrive 10 – 15 minutes prior to your initial appointment to complete the forms on paper.

Note, our practice does not have a receptionist. On arrival, please take a seat in the waiting area. Your practitioner will come greet you as soon as possible.

What should I wear?
It’s best if your remove your clothing for the assessment and treatment. If you feel uncomfortable in your undergarments, please bring comfortable attire – like sports wear – with no buttons or zippers to change into.

What should I expect from the initial assessment?
During your initial assessment, we will take time to understand and discuss your medical history as well as any current health concerns.

Your osteopathic practitioner will then assess your body’s systems and tissues as a complete unit – muscles, bones, organs, brain, dura, spinal cord and all the corresponding connective and fluidic structures. They will ask you to perform a series of movements so that they can observe your posture and alignment in an active and passive state. Using their hands, your practitioner will palpate your back, neck, head, and limbs to identify any joint restrictions and muscular tightness.

What should I expect from the treatment?
Based on your assessment, your practitioner will provide treatments that address areas of holdings or restrictions. During treatment you may experience sensations such as heat, vibrations, renewed pulse or fluids to certain areas or your entire body, slight burning, sense of calmness and/or expansion feeling.

What should I expect after a treatment?
To optimize the effects of treatment, we want your body to remain in the state of healing that has been achieved. After each session we recommend that you drink lots of water and not be overly active for the remainder of the day. If you’re having complimentary health care, we recommend scheduling appointments 48 hours apart so as not overload your system.

As this approach works with and respects your body’s innate ability to heal, the treatment facilitates a process that can continue up to a week of inherent adaptations. Depending what tissues were liberated you may feel:

  • A greater sense of well-being
  • Happier
  • Expanded
  • More connected to your body and environment.
  • Enhanced mobility
  • General lightness
  • Calmer
  • That your tissues are in a more natural suspended state

You may also feel:

  • Nauseous
  • Slightly off balance
  • A headache
  • Slight discomfort
  • Emotional

These symptoms shouldn’t last more than 48 hours after a session.