Phoenix Business Centre,
Unit 8, Phoenix Court,
Phoenix Road,
Barrow in Furness,
Cumbria
LA14 2UA
Tel: 01229 600593
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
What To Expect
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
Some patients are understandably nervous, especially at their first appointment with an osteopath. You are very welcome to bring a friend or relative with you.

Others can often feel self-conscious on their first appointment, but the well-being of the patient is the main concern, so be assured no matter what your age, weight, size or shape, it should not deter you from seeking Osteopathic treatment. Having suffered for some time, patients often remark that, having struck up the courage to make an appointment, they wish they had done so sooner.

Your First Appointment
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
A full case history will be taken including previous medical history, date of birth, your occupation and active hobbies.

Full details of the problem you have come in for are then taken:
  • when and how it started
  • what factors aggravate or relieve the pain
  • any other treatments which have been given
  • any medical tests carried out.


  • Patients are then normally asked to remove some of their clothing so that the joints, muscles and posture can be examined. If you do not wish to undress, or would prefer to have someone in the room with you, please tell the Osteopath.

    The Osteopath will perform a standing examination to check posture and palpate the muscles and joints to assess for any weak or strained areas in the body. You will be asked to do some simple movements and any other clinical tests that may be necessary will be done. These may include testing your reflexes, taking your blood pressure, listening to your heart and lungs or examining your eyes.

    The Osteopath will explain what has been found and outline the proposed treatment. Occasionally at this point the consultation may end, if the osteopath feels that more tests are required before starting the treatment, or if your case is not suitable for osteopathic treatment. Assuming it is suitable, a short treatment will be carried out on your first visit.

    Osteopaths are trained to recognise the need for medical investigation and will refer as appropriate.

    Subsequent Treatments
    Shaun Anderson Osteopath
    Second and subsequent appointments involve a re-examination followed by a longer treatment.

    On your return appointments you will be asked about your progress. The majority of patients see good improvements in their symptoms within three treatment sessions. If this is not happening then you may be referred back to your GP for further tests.