What to expect
Visiting us for the first time its helpful to understand what to expect from the consultation. As primary health practitioner we require a comprehensive case history so please arrive few minutes before your appointment to fill out clinical details.
In the consultation we will ask you a series of questions both related to what has brought you to seek treatment as well as looking at your past history to establish any contributing factors.
This will allow us a greater understanding of where you are with your health and if there are any contraindications or any referrals that are needed to be made.
The consultation will be followed by an examination that may involve you undressing, if modesty is a concern please feel free to bring loose sport clothes to facilitate movement. On examination you will be required to go through certain movements to actively test as well as more passive movements led by the osteopath to gage areas of tension, restriction and dysfunction.
Treatment will then vary, depending on the findings a treatment plan will be formulated and explained to you followed by techniques which are deemed appropriate.We encourage our patients to ask questions and give feedback.
Our treatments are bespoke, and therefore no two treatments are identical and each patient has a different experience. This helps tailor the protocol to your specific needs and how best your body will adapt.
Your medical history
Before we start to treat you, we will make a full medical assessment. 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.
We usually look at your posture and how you move your body. We may also assess what happens when we move it for you and see what hurts, where and when.
Using touch, we may also find the areas which are sensitive or tight and this helps us to identify what’s going on.
When we have done this, we can diagnose your condition. We may sometimes feel that osteopathy is not appropriate for you and refer you to your GP or another specialist such as an orthopaedic surgeon.
Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle manipulations, depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis. Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints. Sometimes, when we move joints you may hear a ‘click’. This is just like the click people get when they crack their knuckles.
We may discuss exercises that you can do to improve your posture and movement in your workplace and everyday life.
The patients we see for osteopathy are ALL extraordinarily fascinating to us! We love hearing about your journeys through life, whether this be if you hurt your back gardening at the weekend, or suffer with back pain in pregnancy, or the telltale injury from lifting something or sneezing. Yes, that’s right, everyones story is fascinating to us – not just those from the premiership, or those collecting their gold medals.