Before treatment starts, a full medical assessment will be taken. We take the time to listen to you and ask questions to make sure we understand your medical history.
Along with learning about your medical history, we will also learn a bit about your day-to-day routine, such as diet, exercise and daily 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 will 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 posture and movement in your everyday life.
As with any medical examination, you may be required to expose the area of discomfort in order that a full examination can be carried out, so please wear something you are comfortable in. All issues will be dealt with professionally and sensitively.
Yes if you wish, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.
Some soft tissue treatment may cause discomfort during treatment. The osteopath will tell you what to expect, and will want you to let them know if you are in pain. You may feel a little stiff or sore after treatment. This is a normal, healthy response to the treatment.
You do not need to see your doctor first if you are paying for your own treatment. However, some insurance companies require you to see your doctor first. Osteopathy is available on the NHS in some areas – and national guidelines say it should be available everywhere for low back pain.
The cost of the consultation and treatment varies depending on length of time booked. Please enquire for details. Private medical insurance is accepted from BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva, Simply Health, PruHealth, Standard Life and WPA among others. Please check your insurance policy direct with the company.
The number of treatments you need depends on the condition and person we are treating. We aim to keep your appointments to a minimum. Your osteopath will be able to tell you within a short period of time whether they can treat you or if they need to refer you to someone else.