The first consultation may take 45 minutes to an hour. It involves taking a thorough medical case history and asking questions both regarding the symptoms which have brought you to the clinic, as well as questions about previous symptoms.
All persons under the age of 18 require a chaperone, preferably a parent or guardian who has known the child throughout their lifetime.
For chronic conditions or if the child is under 5, it is sometimes relevant for us to have details of birth history. The case history is followed by a physical examination of your muscles, ligaments and joints including an assessment of your posture and range of movement.
Osteopathy is a “hands-on treatment”. This means that palpation is required to examine the health of your tissues. This is for the most part gentle. We will ask for your consent to be treated and you are welcome to have a friend or chaperone with you.
It is necessary for us to see the area that is causing you pain, as such it is likely that you will be asked to dress down to your underwear. If you are not comfortable with this, please say so. Bringing shorts and crop tops / vest is perfectly acceptable.
Your osteopath may perform additional examinations to determine other causes of your symptoms these may include; reflex, sensation and power tests and / or blood pressure tests. If we feel you may benefit from speaking to another medical professional we will (with your permission) refer you to your GP or another therapist to continue your treatment.
Once we have thoroughly analysed your case we will explain our diagnosis and whether treatment can help to alleviate the problem. We will aim to give you a prognosis and timescale and only then, if you are happy, will we treat you.
The underlying principle of all osteopathic practice is that our bodies are self-healing and regulating. Treatment is aimed at restoring the natural balance and health of the body.
For further information please see frequently asked questions.
As to new GDPR guidelines from the 25th May it is a requirement for you to complete the relevant forms before your first consultation.