What happens at my first appointment?
Your first appointment will last about 60 minutes and I will take a full case history of your current symptoms and general health to try to identify what has happened to cause your symptoms. Once we have completed your history, I will assess your posture while standing, as well asking you to do some simple movements that can evaluate your range of movement. This is so I can explore the cause of the problem, because so often, it’s not where the symptoms are showing up. Clinical tests such as blood pressure or testing reflexes may be done.
Once these have been done we will discuss what may have happened to cause your symptoms and a treatment plan for you.
I will discuss your treatment plan with you or refer you on to see your GP, if further tests need to be carried out.
Is it safe?
Yes, osteopathy is an extremely safe form of natural healthcare, as it supports the body’s own healing and self-repair mechanisms.
It is safe for all ages, from babies through to the elderly.
The minimum qualification for an osteopath is completion of a four-year degree, which includes at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice.
All Osteopaths must registered with the General Osteopathic Council to practice.
Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?
You are welcome to bring someone with you to your appointment. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by their legal parent or guardian.
Do I need a referral?
No, there is no need for a referral from your GP to attend an osteopathy appointment. If you have any scans or X-rays that you may think are relevant then please do bring them along
Why is my first appointment longer?
During your first appointment a we will listen to your story of what brought you to the clinic. This will include a full case history, including and past medical history, and any medications you are currently taking.
Subsequent appointment, we will make sure nothing has changed medically that we need to be aware of, but the information gathered will not need to be as in depth.