A first appointment generally lasts longer than subsequent appointments, to allow us adequate time to:
- Listen and ask questions about your problem, your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking, and record this in your case notes. The information you provide will be confidential.
- Examine you properly. It is likely we will ask you to remove some of your clothing. Tell us if you are uncomfortable about this. You will have privacy to undress, and a towel will be provided.
- You can ask a friend or relative to accompany you during your treatment.
- Ask you to make simple movements and stretches, to observe your posture and mobility. Because of the body’s structure, pain or stiffness you are experiencing in one area may be linked to a problem elsewhere.
- Examine the health of your joints, tissues and ligaments using hands and a highly developed sense of touch called palpation.
- Check for signs of other serious conditions we cannot treat and advise you to see your GP or go to hospital. We will provide you with a letter explaining what we believe to be the problem.
Diagnosis and treatment
Osteopathy specialises in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders.
- We will give you a clear explanation of what we have found and discuss a treatment plan that is suitable for you, which may include lifestyle changes. We will explain the benefits and any risks of the treatment we are recommending.
- It is important to understand and agree what the treatment can achieve, and the likely number of sessions needed for a noticeable improvement in your wellbeing.
- Treatment is hands-on and involves skilled manipulation of the spine and joints, and massage of soft tissues. We will explain what we are doing and will always ask your permission to treat you. Ask questions at any time, if you are unsure of what you have been told or if you have any concerns.
- Self-help measures and advice on exercise may be offered to assist your recovery, and prevent recurrence or worsening of symptoms.
Due to the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore or stiff in the first 24–48 hours after treatment. We will explain any likely reactions that you could expect. If you have any concerns, it is important to contact us and ask for advice. It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. We will review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan.