When visiting for the first time you will experience a process similar to that of visiting your own doctor. As you would expect with your own doctor, all information collected is in the strictest confidence.
I will take a full case history including asking questions about your symptoms, past medical history, operations, illnesses and accidents. You will then be examined. This consists of observing your posture, and asking you to perform a series of movements to establish any areas of imbalance or dysfunction. You may be required to remove some of your clothing to allow a full osteopathic assessment to be carried out, so wear under garments you are comfortable in or bring along some shorts.
Patients are always welcome to bring along a friend or partner. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Based on the case history and examination findings I will make a diagnosis as to what the problem is and discuss it with you. This is to ensure you have an understanding of the diagnosis. I will explain if osteopathic treatment is suitable for your complaint, and if suitable will advise a treatment plan and costs.
I use a variety of techniques in your treatment plan, including techniques to release and relax muscles and joints such as massage techniques, rhythmic joint movement and muscle release techniques. I may also carry out manipulation using short quick movements to spinal and or other joints of the body.
If osteopathic treatment is not appropriate to your symptoms I will advise you on what to do next, such as referring you to your own doctor.
A typical initial consultation and first treatment lasts 45 – 60 minutes. Ongoing treatments typically last 30 minutes.
Your treatment plan is individual to you, and may include advice on posture, exercise, diet, lifestyle etc.
You may be able to claim the cost of treatments on your insurance.