Your first osteopathy will consist of three parts..
I will take a case history and ask detailed questions about your presenting complaint and your health. Please bring details of any medications that you are taking and relevant scans or tests.
All the information that you provide will be treated confidentially, In some circumstances, with your consent, I may need to share information with your GP.
Next I will carry out an assessment by asking you to do some movements, then by moving some of your joints myself and any other relevant tests. Please wear underwear or shorts and t-shirt that you will be comfortable in for the initial standing examination.
If you are not able to stand we can discuss whether there is another way to do this. Then I will let you know my diagnosis based on the case history information and assessment and discuss with you my proposed treatment plan. Occasionally, osteopathy treatment may not be appropriate and we can discuss the best course of action.
The third part will be the agreed treatment based on my diagnosis and our discussion. You will be covered with a towel during this time. I use gentle traditional techniques. If you prefer joint cracking (high velocity thrust) I may not be the right osteopath for you.
You are welcome to bring a chaperone if you wish. Occasionally after treatment some patients can experience some soreness between 24 – 48hrs before feeling better. Please call us if you have any concerns. Alternatively patients start to feel improvement during the 24 – 48hrs following treatment. The length of a course of treatment is different for each patient. On average in the UK, a course of osteopathy treatment is 6 treatments.
Follow up appointments
At your follow up appointment I will ask you about your response to the previous treatment. I will then carry out a short reassessment to see how your body has responded. For example, if you had some restricted joints and tight muscles I will check to see if they have improved and decide if further treatment is needed on those areas. I will then treat you based on the information you have given me and from the reassessment.