As soon as you decide to book an appointment, advice can be given over the phone to help alleviate any pain you are in. Once at the clinic you will be given an opportunity to tell the osteopath in detail about your pain and or injury, the initial consultation lasting for 1 hour. We take time to listen to you and ask questions to make sure we understand your medical history and your day-to-day routine. We’ll ask you about things like diet, exercise and what is happening in your life, as these may give clues to help our diagnosis.
We may feel your pulse and check your reflexes. We may also take your blood pressure and refer you for clinical tests, such as x-rays, if we think you need them.
The osteopath will require you to undress to your underwear, or shorts and a vest top, to enable a full postural examination to occur. This is essential to establish the cause of your pain and how it has affected your full body posture. The osteopath will then make a diagnosis which will be fully explained to you before commencing any treatment.
The number of treatments you will require will very much depend on the presenting case but we aim to keep it to a minimum. In general the sooner you can come for treatment after the onset of pain the fewer treatments you will require.
The osteopath will use techniques that require body contact between them and the patient. Osteopaths use a combination of techniques from massage, stretching through to manipulation.