DO I NEED TO SEE MY GP FIRST?
There is no need to consult your GP before visiting us, although you may choose to do so. Our osteopaths are classed as ‘primary care physicians’ – this means you can consult us without approaching your GP beforehand. While we don't have the authority to prescribe drugs or painkillers, we are able to provide off-work certificates/sick notes if necessary.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST VISIT?
The first time you are seen in by an Osteopath they will take your in-depth full medical history, including details present or past illness, medications, surgery, accidents, allergies, diet, and your body systems such as respiratory problems. All of your personal medical information is held with the strictest confidence and privacy.
Your assessment and examination will then follow in which you will be required to remove your outer clothing. If is more than likely your practitioner will then ask you to perform a series of movements so that they can assess your mobility and identify areas of restriction, weakness, stress or injury. Your practitioner will take detailed case history notes through the assessment of your musculoskeletal system, neuromuscular, neurological and any other systemic tests that are deemed necessary.
The treatment will vary to depending on the diagnosis which will be determined from the case history and the symptoms that are presented. Osteopathic treatment may involve a multitude of techniques and treatment methods that are used by numerous practitioners in order to facilitate
the pain or discomfort.
HOW LONG DO TREATMENTS TAKE?
Treatment times will vary depending on your needs. An initial consultation usually takes between 45 minutes and 60 minutes, while subsequent visits may take 45 minutes.
IS IT SAFE AND PAIN FREE?
Osteopathic treatment is safe and a non-invasive and gentle approach to health care. It has proven to be remarkably safe, using numerous techniques but mostly mobilisation and manipulation of joints along with soft tissue massage. No surgery or drugs are involved.
The treatment isn't painful, if your problem has been untreated for a while, you may experience some post-treatment soreness for up to 48 hours. This will soon pass as your body begins to restore normal structure and function. Your practitioner will explain the possible risks of treatment and discuss any
worries you have.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
If you have had any relevant X-rays, CT or MRI scans, it could help with the diagnosis.
Patients are generally advised to wear suitable underwear that they feel comfortable in.
HOW MANY TREATMENT SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
This is dependent on the severity of the case and how long you have had the injury for. Osteopaths also consider other factors that may influence the recovery time, these include age, lifestyle and patients commitment to advice given such as exercise plans.
CAN I HAVE TREATMENT DURING PREGNANCY?
Yes- Osteopathic treatment is safe for both the mother and the unborn baby. Indeed it offers relief from pain without the use of drugs, which most mothers prefer to avoid during pregnancy. Osteopaths receive training in medical diagnosis and are therefore able to identify any conditions that are not suitable for treatment. Because miscarriages are most common between the 12th and 16th week, some osteopaths choose not to treat during this period.
Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy is commonly used for muscular aches and pains, joint discomfort, sciatica, swelling and water retention in extremities and improving flexibility and movement to aid childbirth.
Osteopathic treatment post pregnancy will ensure that your body returns to "normal" as soon as possible, improving weight loss, muscle health, joint movement, posture and correcting any musculo-skeletal dysfuntion.