1. YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY
It is at this first appointment that your relationship with your osteopath is established. It is important to have confidence and trust in your health care practitioner and to feel safe.
A case history is taken which is comprehensive, including why you have come for an appointment in the first place.
It is important for your practitioner to get to the route cause of your problems and in order to so this comprehensive questions need to be asked, including a medical history to eliminate underlying pathology and the need to refer.
2. PHYSICAL EXAMINATION
With your consent, you will be asked to undress down to your underwear or as much as is comfortable for you. We need to see as much of your back and limbs as possible in order to identify areas that have a problem. Osteopaths observe looking for changes in skin colour and areas of tension or structural changes; palpate or touch to feel for tension or other changes and look at the way you move – or not as the case may be.
Then you will be moved by your practitioner to identify areas that are painful or not moving as they are designed to.
Any tests necessary will be carried out - your blood pressure taken and orthopedic or neurological testing as required.
With your consent treatment or referral to the appropriate professional.
After examination we will explain the nature of your injury and its causes along with the prognosis. If we feel Osteopathic treatment is not appropriate at this stage, we will refer you to your GP or Specialist.
As Osteopaths we use a wide range of hands on treatments which is different for each individual, taking into consideration age, fitness and the diagnosis. It frequently includes soft tissue massage, joint articulation and muscular stretches. We may perform a range of gentle manipulations where you may hear a click, similar to clicking your knuckles. All these techniques are aimed at relieving pain and tension while encouraging free movement to the area.
At the end of a treatment the Osteopath may discuss with you exercises to be done at home to continue improving function.
Any first aid and a treatment plan is agreed and exercise and ergonomic advice given.
We have a sound educational approach to how we practice Osteopathy and as much information as you like is given in order for you to understand the basic workings of the body. This way, you are equipped with the necessary tools to both manage your life better and identify when there is a problem that needs treatment.
Our aim is to get you back to good health as soon as possible. We have a strong belief that a clear explanation of the diagnosis, good quality treatment and simple follow up advice will enable you to fully understand your injury and enable a speedier recovery.
We are always on hand to offer further advice and answer any questions you might have.
Your First Appointment