What should I expect when I see an osteopath
In order to achieve a successful outcome from treatment, an accurate diagnosis is essential. To enable this, a full medical history will be taken, a physical examination of the injury site as well as areas perhaps not obviously connected will be performed and a treatment will be carried out. A thorough explanation of your diagnosis and treatment plan will be given, with plenty of time for any questions you may have. Your treatment will be tailored to suit your needs according to your medical history, lifestyle, posture and desired outcome. You will also be given advice on posture and rehabilitation exercises to prevent your injury from returning.
What is involved in the treatments?
Most treatments involve soft tissue techniques such as massage or muscular stretching, joint mobilisation and manipulation. Some treatments may involve acupuncture or dry needling. In many cases, this may be followed by exercise advice to prevent the injury returning and to address any postural problems.
Will I need to undress?
In order to carry out a full examination in may be that you will be asked to remove some clothing. However if you prefer you are more than welcome to come in or change into loose items of clothing such as leggings/shorts and a t-shirt/ vest top which you can keep on. Towels and blankets are always available should you require them at any point.
How many treatments will I need?
This will be discussed with you after your consultation as it depends on your diagnosis. Most patients have three or four treatments for good results.
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
There is no need to see your doctor before beginning osteopathy, but if you want to claim treatment on your health insurance, some policies do require a GP referral. Please check with your insurance company or call the clinic directly for advice
Can I bring a friend or relative with me?
Yes you are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative along to any appointment. We do ask that all children under the age of 16 have a parent or legal guardian with them during all treatments