Your first visit
A bit of paperwork
- Your first consultation will require you to fill out a bit of paperwork, it is therefore advised that you arrive approximately 15 minutes early.
- Your first session will last for 30-45 minutes.
- As a first-time patient you'll need to give us some information about your background, medical history, the nature of your condition, general health and any medication you may be taking. This is so that we can provide the best possible care, tailored to your specific circumstances.
- If you choose, you may have a friend or relative present during the appointment.
- A variety of targeted tests will be performed to determine which tissues are affected and to what extent.
- You may be asked to remove some outer clothing in order to get a better understanding of the posture and to perform some simple movements.
- It is advisable to wear loose clothing that you feel comfortable moving in.
- The osteopath will use touch to identify points of weakness or excessive strain in your body. You will usually be treated lying on a treatment couch.
What to expect from treatment
- Osteopaths usually start any treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints, using mobilising techniques. They may also carry out spinal manipulations. these are short, quick movements to joints in order to help restore normal joint function and mobility.
Post treatment advice
- Before leaving, your osteopath might give instructions on certain activities or procedures to be carried out at home. This may include ice or heat application, postural advice or avoidance of certain activities, as well as home exercises.
How many treatments will i need?
- The number of treatments needed depends on your condition.
- A detailed explanation of the condition, predisposing and maintaining factors will be discussed.
- Treatment options for your condition will also be discussed at this time. Regular treatment is essential to the process. We arrange our treatments around your schedule. Generally speaking, patients are seen within 2 to 7 days.
Will i be sore after treatment?
- Some patients may feel a little sore or stiff after treatment, this is normal and usually lasts no more than 24 - 48 hours.