What to Expect

What To Expect From Osteopathy & Sports Massage Appointments


Your first osteopathy appointment begins with a medical history. This provides us with important information about your health, your complaint, and your goals from osteopathic treatment. We will ask you about the nature of your pain complaint using an acronym SOCRATES. This stands for site, onset, character, radiation, associated symptoms, timeline, exacerbating/relieving factors and severity. In addition to questions about your pain, we will ask you about your general health, including any medication you’re taking and any previous injury or illness.

Following the medical history is the examination process. This typically includes postural examination, feeling for affected muscles, movements of the spine, movements of peripheral joints, functional tests and orthopaedic tests. The examination is a really important part because it enables us to determine what parts of your body are effected, and what combination of osteopathy and rehabilitation techniques will produce the best results for you.

Your osteopathic treatment will consist of a combination of techniques, including massage / soft tissue manipulation, mobilisation/manipulation of joints, acupuncture and exercise rehabilitation. Where appropriate we may provide advise on lifestyle modifications such as nutrition and stress management. The techniques used will also depend upon your preferences, and will never include techniques that you may be uncomfortable with.

A proposed management plan will be discussed with you at the end of your first appointment. We will also review the management plan during subsequent appointments. The management plan provides both patient and practitioner with a sense of clarity, direction and purpose. It will detail the approximate number of treatments you will need, and how long it will take for you to feel better. It will also include things to be undertaken outside of the treatment room, such as rehabilitation exercises and modifications to your diet.

Sports Massage

Your first sports massage appointment begins with an initial consultation. The consultation for sports massage takes approximately 5 minutes and includes information about your health, the type of massage you prefer, and your goals from treatment. We will ask you about any massage therapy you have received previously and how you responded to that treatment.

Following the consultation is a short assessment of your posture, muscles and joints. This typically consists of feeling for affected areas so that the massage treatment is focused and effective for you. The assessment is really important, because it enables us to determine the areas of your body that are most affected, and what massage techniques will produce the best results for you.

The type of sports massage and how it is performed will depend upon your preference and what you hope to achieve from treatment. Sports massage can be fast, medium paced or slow, utilising light, medium or deep pressure. This will be discussed in more detail during your consultation.

The treatment plan is usually discussed at the end of your first visit. It will advise how often you would benefit from sports massage, and when you should return for your next treatment. The treatment plan will also include advice on things to do after your massage, such as what foods to eat, drinking plenty of water, resting and advise on exercises that may be helpful.

Book An Appointment

Book your osteopathy or sports massage appointment using our booking system. Alternatively, talk to our practitioners on 0121 747 2802

Why Choose Healthy Bodies Clinic?

If you’re searching for osteopathy or sports massage in Birmingham, Healthy Bodies Clinic is the place for you! Our practitioners are highly competent, experienced and motivated individuals. We have the knowledge, passion and dedication to help you reach your goals!