What should I expect during my first appointment?
In order to gain your consent to assess and treat you, a consent form will be completed for you sign.
Your practitioner will then ask you to give a full account of your symptoms along with information about your lifestyle and general health and a comprehensive case history will be taken. All osteopathic consultations and treatments are confidential.
Following the case history, your practitioner will carry out an examination looking at the body as a whole.
To observe your posture, movements and assess your complaint in detail, you will normally be asked to remove your clothing, sometimes down to your underwear. We have a screen and gowns for your privacy when changing and you can request that your osteopath leaves the room. The reason for asking you to undress is to observe the spinal and joint movement and muscle function. We ask that you wear loose fitting items for your visit such as shorts or a thin vest and for ladies to wear a back-fastening bra rather than a sports bra.
Your privacy will be respected at all times. If for any reason you feel uncomfortable undressing, please make it clear to your practitioner straight away. Do not feel embarrassed or anxious, we will find a workable solution.
You are more than welcome to have a chaperone present and also, at the time of booking, request a practitioner of the same gender.
Your osteopath will make a diagnosis and a treatment plan can then be agreed with you. Sometimes, lifestyle advice such as work posture adjustments or suitable exercises are usually recommended. If necessary, we may refer you to have an X-ray or MRI. Our good working relationship with local GPs helps towards fast and efficient referrals.
The treatment you receive will very much depend on your problem. The techniques employed may vary but we will only work at a level you are comfortable with, that suits the need of the patient and to restore normal function. Some people experience tenderness 24-48 hours after treatment.
You do not need a referral from a GP. The majority of our patients come to us as referrals from family and friends that have had treatment at the clinic.
We have a comfortable sofa area with lots of toys for children to play with while you receive treatment or to keep them engaged if they are being treated.
The clinic is on the ground floor and very accessible. There is also a disabled bathroom. There is ample parking.