All treatments last 45 minutes.
Treatment cost: £50
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
When visiting for the first time, it is natural to feel a little unsure of what to expect. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me, prior to attending your appointment.
Osteopaths are healthcare professionals who are specifically trained in diagnosing health issues. At the start of your first appointment, I will ask you questions about your medical history and lifestyle, as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing. This is very important as it will help me to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment.
I will write down what you tell me in your records. These will be treated as confidential in accordance with standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the Data Protection Act 1998. If you wish, you may request a copy of your notes, but you may be charged an administration fee for this.
I will need to examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, (For example, pain in your lower arm may be linked to the nerves in your neck) so I may need to examine your whole body. I will need to feel for any tightness in the muscles and stiffness in the joints and may need to touch these areas to identify problems. I will explain what I am doing as I go along.
I will make a diagnosis and discuss a course of treatment with you. This may involve further visits for manual therapy – a range of gentle hands on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. Together with exercises that you can do at home and helpful advice designed to help you relieve or manage your pain, keep active and maintain the best of health.
I will need to examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, (for example, a difference in leg length may result in compensations in the upper back which might result in neck pain) so I may need to examine your whole body.
I will need to feel for tightness in the muscles and stiffness in the joints and may need to touch these areas to identify problems. I will explain this as we go along, but if you are uncomfortable with any part of this then let me know, we can discuss this or stop if you prefer.
What to Wear
As with any healthcare appointment, it may be necessary for me to ask you to remove some clothing. This is so I can see and touch the areas of the body causing you concern. I will want you to feel at ease, therefore if you feel uncomfortable undressing to your underwear, I may be able to suggest wearing clothing, such as shorts and a t-shirt, or close-fitting garments, that will enable me to work effectively, so please do discuss this with me.
Is Treatment Painful?
Osteopathic treatment is usually a very gentle process and osteopaths work very hard to make treatment as painless as possible, but you may experience some discomfort during and after treatment. I will warn you if I think that the technique that I am about to use is likely to be uncomfortable and will stop if you tell me that you are feeling too much pain.
Following treatment, you may experience some mild soreness in the area of the body that was treated, this will normally resolve within 48 hours. If you experience serious or unusual symptoms after treatment, you should contact your osteopath straight away for advice.
Remember, if you have any questions I will be happy to discuss these with you.