What to Expect FOR YOUR FIRST VISIT

QUALIFICATIONS- The osteopath is  fully qualified and registered.

LENGTH OF THE TREATMENT -Your first session will last for approximately up to one hour.  Subsequent sessions will last usually from 30 up to 40 minutes.

COST OF TREATMENT- First session is £55, follow up sessions £45 (cash or cheque only)

WHAT WILL THE TREATMENT INVOLVE?

DISCUSSION – Your osteopath needs to know about your health, past and present and you will be asked detailed questions about your complaint, medical history, general health and any medication you may be taking

EXAMINATION – The osteopath will carry out a careful physical examination sometimes incorporating medical equipment to help with the diagnosis

The osteopath will use touch to identify points of weakness or excessive strain in your body. You will usually be treated lying on a treatment couch

Osteopaths usually start any treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints, using gentle massage techniques, rhythmic joint movements and muscle release techniques. They may also carry out spinal manipulations. These are short, quick movements to joints in order to help restore normal joint function and mobility.

NOT COMFORTABLE? If you do not want the osteopath to use certain techniques that are too strong or too weak or not to your liking, JUST TELL the osteopath before and during the treatment session. FEEL FREE to discuss things as the treatment session progresses.

FEELING COLD? Just tell the osteopath so that you can put back on your clothes. In any case, you ALWAYS will be covered with a towel.

EXERCISES – Your osteopath may show you exercises to do at home and suggest ways you can improve your posture

WHAT CLOTHING TO WEAR (AND TO REMOVE)?- Your osteopath will normally ask you to remove some of your clothing and perform a simple series of movements. If you feel uncomfortable to do so, please say so as treatment and examination can work around this. Therefore, wear appropriate underwear, or loose fitting trousers, shorts, T-shirts etc.

CAN YOU BRING SOMEONE WITH YOU? If you choose, you may have a friend or relative present during the appointment. Any minor, child under 16 years of age, must be accompanied by an adult.

THE LIKELY NUMBER OF SESSIONS REQUIRED -The number of treatments needed depends on your condition. If you have chronic low back pain for example, you may need several treatments. For acute pain, one or two treatments may be enough.

THE NUMBER OF SESSIONS is up to the patient. The osteopath will recommend an amount BUT the patient is in control and can come and go as they please.

If a patient is out of pain and discomfort or feels their symptoms improving, then there are some patients who will stop treatment. Some patients will be patient and consider continuing treatment to get the structure of the body more correct to avoid further symptoms or injuries.

WILL SYMPTOMS WORSEN BEFORE THEY GETTING BETTER? After an osteopathic treatment, you may feel stiff or sore for a few hours. This can feel similar to post-exercise soreness. Feel free to ring and talk with your osteopath if you have any concerns.

Some patients feel sore post treatment for a day but there are also some who do not and feel better straight away.

BENEFITS OF TREATMENT – Less pain/discomfort, feel better, better posture, sense of well being. Talk to other patients for their views.

THE RISKS OF TREATMENT? - With any physical manual therapy, there are risks involved. As with anything. These risks are discussed with you during the taking of the Case History and treatment process. Registered Osteopaths are rigorously trained and will always practice safe techniques.

WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG? There has never been an occasion where something has gone wrong. If the patient has relapsed or been re-injured, then contact the osteopath to discuss how to continue.

ANY PRIOR COMPLAINTS? There has never been any complaints made about this osteopathic practice or osteopath. Please check the regulatory body, the General Osteopathic Council, who is there to protect the public by regulating the professional standards of osteopaths in the UK.

IS THERE A COMPLAINTS PROCESS IF UNHAPPY? Yes, there is as in any organization. Call and discuss your issue of complaint with the osteopath. We understand that this may happen and are open to help you and help understand what the issue/problem is.