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Try and arrive early if traveling to us, particularly if it’s your first time to the practice, or you are unfamiliar with the area in terms of transport and parking. If you haven’t completed the Practice Registration form that is attached to the email we send confirming your appointment you can find one here, or you’ll have an opportunity to fill this in when you attend. You can also have a glass of water, refresh yourself, or just relax in time for your appointment.
We will need to discuss your current problem in detail, as well as ask you about your past medical history. If you have complex problems, please bring any letters or reports, and a list of medication you are presently taking will be helpful.
Your first appointment includes time for both assessment and treatment. Even if you have been seen for treatment elsewhere and know exactly what you require, our osteopaths will still need to assess you for themselves in order to treat you safely. This can feel repetitious, particularly if you have already explained your problems to numerous doctors, orthopaedic specialists, physiotherapists and even other osteopaths, but it is the only way that we will be able to ensure we do not cause harm elsewhere and treat you in the most effective manner.
There are many problems affecting the spine, upper limbs and lower limbs that are related to posture and the alignment of the skeleton. We often need to assess your posture and visually check the alignment of your shoulders, spine and hips, and we may therefore ask you to remove some items of clothing. This is a normal part of an osteopathy assessment but, whilst many people will be familiar with this examination and will be at ease, we do appreciate that some people may feel uncomfortable dressing down due to cultural reasons, for example. If so, the assessment may still be possible if you dress in loose clothes. You could bring shorts, or a vest top to change in to at your appointment if you would prefer. We can also provide you with a disposable gown to change in to. There are many ways we can respect your dignity, so please discuss any concerns with our reception team, either at the time of booking, or on arrival, or with the osteopath at your assessment.
After taking a history and discussing your problems the osteopath may ask you to perform certain movements and use diagnostic tests in order to assess your problem. They will explain what they are doing and why.
Following your assessment, the osteopath will discuss what they think is causing the problem and explain what they can do to help. Your first consultation will also include treatment, if appropriate, as well as advice on how you can help the problem yourself. The treatment they give will depend upon many factors, but they will talk to you about what they are doing and keep you informed.
Depending on the nature and severity of your problem our osteopaths are likely to have a plan for what the next steps should be. They will discuss this with you during your first appointment. Our aim is to treat you safely, effectively and as quickly as possible. You will be the judge of your own progress as you notice your problems improving.
Our team are autonomous practitioners and do not require any referral in order for you to be seen and most of our comes from referrals and recommendations.
If our team feel that you need a referral to another medical professional, such as your GP for further tests, this will be discussed with you and your permission to communicate will be be sought.