Hi everyone, I have come on the forum to ask advice about something I need some clarification on. I have seen an Osteopath for the first time recently to do with low back pain. Had my 2nd session last week. He is a very well respected Osteopath who has been practising for many years and has a very good reputation, has even worked alongside local GP's. In light of that, part of me thinks my concerns are probably (hopefully) unfounded. However, after the 2nd section I have been left feeling confused and slightly violated. The techniques used in the first session seemed somewhat unusual, but he explained what he was trying to achieve when I asked, and it made good sense, so I went along with it. Indeed the next day my symptoms were remarkably better, about 70% better much to my amazement. So far so good. However, the second session has left me wondering whether his techniques are genuine osteopathy techniques.... He asked me to lay on the couch. First he cradled my head in his hands and did some subtle movements. No problem there. I could understand what he was doing and why and was completely fine with that. However, he then slid one hand under my right shoulder and with his left arm, leaned round my neck and rested his whole forearm and hand on my upper chest, his fingertips reaching my upper breasts. He leaned his chin on my right shoulder and rested the weight of his head there, staring down over my body. No pre-warning about touching me this way, no explanation, no asking my consent. He maintained this position for about 5 minutes (it felt a lot longer), twitching his fingers slightly every so often, and his hand seemed to be edging slowly downwards. The whole thing made me feel very tense and uneasy, wondering what the hell was going on. In the end I pushed his hand away and told him bluntly to stop, saying I didn't like what he was doing! I expected him to apologise, or at least show some recognition of my distress, but all he said was "Well, I'd finished doing that anyway!". When I asked him what he'd been doing, he said something along the lines that he was trying to loosen up my ribs as they're connected to the spine. The area he was touching was my sternum/clavicle, not my ribs, though, so this explanation didn't quite gel. Then he said he needed to reach to touch my lower back. I expected him to ask me to turn on my tummy, or else reach under from the side. But no. He told me to lift my bottom off the couch. He then slid his arm up between my legs in order that his hand was on my lower back. The other arm was under my buttock, with his hand on my back. He again maintains this position for about 5 minutes, not doing anything, not saying anything, with his eyes closed some of the time.. He would just twitch his hands occasionally and sometimes his whole body would twitch (like what happens when you're dreaming and jolt awake suddenly).Then he said "That'll do for now", and that was it! If he needed to reach my back - why would this have to necessitate reaching his arm up between my legs? I wasn't at all happy with this. The whole thing left me feeling very uneasy and disturbed. I am now very confused. Half of me is rationalising that this man has been a professional, successful and well recommended osteopath for many years and it just would not make sense for him to do something inappropriate to me, and risk his reputation/career etc. This part of me is thinking I am being too jumpy, too sensitive, too suspicious. Also, as it appeared to work so well the first time (unless that was just coincidence) I think I am probably just being stupid and should put aside my concerns and be glad it is working so well. However, I have had all sorts of doctors and health professionals touch me and examine me in various ways over the years, - but never, ever have I had someone touch me like this so intimately without a) first explaining what they are planning on doing and why, and - more importantly - b) first asking my consent, making totally sure I am ok with it. Also, I just felt very uneasy about the techniques he used. The trouble is - how do I know if the technique he is using is an acceptable osteopathic technique or whether what is happening is inappropriate? This is why I need to check with other people who know about osteopathy - to ask your advice. I am meant to be going back for a 3rd session, but am not sure what to do at present. My plan of action is to first of all suss out from other osteopathy-experienced people whether or the osteopath's techniques are genuine. If so, and if the treatment continues to work well, then I'll put my unease down to experience or poor communication and go along for the 3rd session. Though next time I will ask him to explain in advance of starting what he intends to do and why, so I at least have the chance to decide if I'm happy with it. Does that sound sensible?