What happens when you arrive
Take a detailed case history
A case history is an important part of your first appointment. It is a conversation during which we'll ask you questions about your complaint, for example:
- Where does it hurt?
- When did it start?
- What were you doing when it started?
- Has this happened before?
We'll also ask you questions about your general health, in case there is anything relevant to your current problem.
Observe and assess how you stand, sit and move
We'll look at your standing posture and ask you move parts of your body so that we can see how your condition affects your movement. Then we examine the problem area and any other parts we think may affect your condition.
If we believe we can help and that osteopathic treatment is appropriate we will start treatment in the first visit.
Treat the affected area
We work with our hands, using different techniques tailored to the needs of each patient. Treatment methods include:
- soft tissue massage
- passive repetitive stretching
- joint manipulation (which can cause a joint to click).
- cranial osteopathy - gentle pressure that encourages the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head and sacrum
During the treatment we do our best to make you feel at ease and tell you what we are doing, and why we are doing it.
Tell you what to do next
We may also give you advice that helps to prevent the problem recurring. This may include advice on:
- lifting and moving
- buying mattresses, chairs or baby equipment