What to expect! It can be really daunting going somewhere new for the first time, but just to give you an idea about what to expect here is some information about what will happen on your first visit to the clinic.
YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
NO REFERRAL NEEDED
You do not need a referral to book an appointment. It can be really daunting going somewhere new for the first time, but just to give you an idea about what to expect here is some information about what will happen on your first visit to the clinic.
If you are new to the clinic, you will need to read and sign a:
Patient information form
Consent to examination and treatment form
Data protection consent form
This is a legal requirement before any examination or treatment and may take a few minutes to read and fill out. We will email you the forms when you book your appointment. Please bring the signed copies with you, however if you do not have time to read and sign them prior to your initial consultation, then please arrive 5-10 minutes early in order to allow time for the forms to be completed before your appointment.
TAKING YOUR CASE HISTORY
We will go through a full medical case history, which will include questions about your presenting problem and current symptoms, your general medical health, operations, accidents, diet, work and leisure activities as this all helps in making the correct diagnosis and identifying any contributory factors to your current problem.
At this point, in an osteopathic consultation, we may require you to undress to your underwear in order to perform a physical assessment. This obviously depends on the area to be examined, but if you’d feel more comfortable please bring shorts, tracksuit bottoms or a vest to wear.
The Osteopathic examination will involve looking for any imbalances in your posture both standing and sitting, how your body moves actively (when you move it) and passively (when it is moved for you). We will also palpate (touch) for areas of pain, muscle tension and joint restriction. We may take your blood pressure and pulse and perform a basic neurological assessment if perceived necessary.
Please bring any medication lists and recent X-ray or scan results if you have them.
WHAT WILL YOUR OSTEOPATH NEED TO KNOW?
Similar to talking with your doctor or any other healthcare professional, it is useful to be concise with how you relay symptoms to us but try not to leave anything out.
Here are some of the basic questions we will ask:
At this point if treatment is appropriate for your problem, we will explain our findings, a working diagnosis and the treatment required for your problem. We will provide some idea as to how many treatments you may require and over what period. However, sometimes it is difficult to be precise at the first visit if the problem has been present for a long time.
OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT WILL BE SPECIFIC TO YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
Osteopathic treatment and acupuncture are very different for each person and the techniques used will be tailored to suit your age, fitness and diagnosis. Osteopathic treatment will commonly involve massage, stretching, gentle joint manipulation and articulation to improve your joint mobility and relax muscles. Electrotherapy and acupuncture may also be offered to you depending on the problem. The osteopath may also give you advice on posture, work and seating ergonomics and exercises to do at home.
If the Osteopath does not feel that they can help your problem or they feel you require further testing before treatment commences, they will tell you the best course of action. This may involve them writing to your GP or referring you for further tests such as blood tests, X-rays or an MRI, which can be organised through your GP or privately depending on problem.
The area of your symptoms or pain?
When did it start?
How did the problem start?
Did the pain come on immediately of did it develop over a period of hours or days?
The character of the pain e.g. aching, dull, throbbing or an ache with sharp episodes?
Does it radiate anywhere e.g. into the arm or leg?
Are there any other symptoms other than pain associated with this onset, such as pins and needles, numbness and weakness?
Is there any daily pattern to it?
Has it got worse, better or stayed the same?
What sort of things aggravate the pain?
What sort of things relieve the pain?
Any previous episodes?
Have you taken anything to relieve the pain?
This will be followed by questions about your general medical history and family medical history.
Please also remember to bring a list of current medication you are taking, including any supplements or herbal remedies and any X-ray, scan results or blood tests you may have had.
This will help to speed up initial consultation to allow more time for examination and treatment.
OUR TREATMENT PRICES
Initial Consultation: £40.00 for 45 mins – 1 hour
Follow up appointments: £36.00 for 40 mins
Sport/Deep Tissue Massage: £35.00 for 1 hour or £25.00 for 30 mins
Payments can be made by: cash, cheque, BACS or debit card
Please Note: A cancellation fee will be charged if 24-hours-notice is not given before cancelling an appointment. If you cancel more than one appointment within the 24-hour notice period, then we may ask you to pay in advance of booking your next appointment.