A typical Osteopathic consultation involves a detailed set of questions about the nature of your complaint. This will give the osteopath a better guide as to what they will then assess. From here the osteopath will get you standing, sitting and laying down, checking to see how you move. They will perform orthopaedic tests and discuss restrictions and weakness in your overall movement. Treatment involves a combination of muscular soft tissue massage and joint movement (from rhythmic rocking techniques, push and release exercises and gentle joint manipulations). Occasionally it happens that osteopathic treatment is contraindicated, and if the osteopath deems treatment would be better sought elsewhere or that you need to visit your GP, they can refer you accordingly.