When you visit an Osteopath for the first time, a full medical history will be taken and you will be given an examination. You will be asked to perform a series of movements so that the mobility of your body can be evaluated. Your Osteopath will assess the range and quality of movement of the joints to note whether the movement is restricted or excessive. He will also examine the condition of the soft tissues, the muscles, ligaments and connective tissue to see whether they are normal or stressed. Any areas of concern will then be identified for treatment. Along with the musculoskeletal assessment, lifestyle factors such as work and sporting activities, sleeping positions, posture and stress levels will also be taken into consideration.