Last weekend I was talking to a prospective patient about what happens through your journey through an osteopathy appointment and realised that she probably wasn’t alone in not knowing. Just imagine, or quite possibly your are already in pain, and you are looking for help. Where do you go? What do you look for? Well the joy is you have been told about Osteopathy, but how do you book an appointment? Here at Lemaria Osteopathy there are 2 ways of booking. Firstly the old fashioned way where you can pick up the phone and if I am not with a patient I will pick up the phone and have a chat to you and book you in while having a chat. Secondly, and it is available 24/7, is online booking. So if your pain is keeping you awake at 3am and you will be able to book in when you are awake. Once you have that appointment, you will be sent some forms for you to fill in before you arrive. These include some forms regarding data protection, some general health and social questions as well as a COVID questionnaire.
You are now one step closer to having your pain sorted out! On the day of your appointment you will be able to park right on the drive. There is a sign to the right of the gate, so you will know you are in the right place. Please continue to wear a mask as we will be in close contact for the duration of your appointment. I will greet you at the door and take you through to the treatment room. I will begin by talking through what you have come about as well as past medical issues. All this information helps to establish what has happened and where the problems arise from. After the case history, I will ask you to carry out some movements. This will enable me to find areas of stiffness and reduced movement. This helps to build on the picture of what has happened, and enables me to put together a treatment plan.
Within the first consultation there is always enough time to start treatment. This can involve work to the muscles, articulatory movements of the joints, or very gentle cranial type approaches (or often a combination). At the end of the treatment we will discuss further appointments. How many and how frequently. This is used as a guide as each person responds differently. Therefore this can be reviewed at each treatment.