Every patient's story and findings are unique and therefore your treatment plan (goals) will be unique.
On arrival you will be asked to complete two forms:
- A three page Pre-Therapy Medical Questionnaire which asks information about you including any medications, conditions, operations and Allergies etc.
- Additionally we are now using the Bournemouth Questionnaire.
You can download this here prior to your visit:
At the first consultation, may allow up to one hour (allotted times are not fixed and your Osteopath may spend some additional or less time during your appointment)
Respecting You – Your Modesty Matters
It is important that you feel comfortable during your osteopathic treatment, particularly around matters of modesty and privacy.
At the start of your first session we will ask questions about your medical history and lifestyle as well as your symptoms. This is very important as it will help us to make an accurate assessment and suggest appropriate treatment. This information is kept confidential in conjunction with the Data Protection Act 1998.
We will need to examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort with your consent. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain (for example, a difference in leg length may result in compensations in the upper back which might result in neck pain).
We will need to feel for tightness in the muscles and stiffness in the joints and may need to touch these areas to identify problems. We will explain this as we go along, but if you are uncomfortable with any part of this then let us know, we can discuss this with you or stop if you prefer.
The osteopath may observe you standing while assessing a variety of factors which can include spinal curves or posture as well as neurological and orthopaedic testing as appropriate.
As with a visit to a GP or other medical professional, for us to examine you effectively it may be necessary to ask you to remove some clothing as appropriate for the condition, but how much will depend on where your problem is. Occasionally this may mean undressing down to your underwear. We can get around most problems by moving clothing out of the way or using gowns or towels so you feel comfortable during the examination phase!
For hips, pelvis and low back then shorts or comfortable track suits bottoms. Tight jeans are extremely inflexible and very difficult for us to work through!
You are also welcome to bring someone with you for all or part of your consultation, and children should always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Remember, if you have any questions we will be happy to discuss this with you.
The osteopath will discuss with you the assessment/diagnosis and most appropriate treatment plan. If the Osteopath thinks it likely your condition will not respond to Osteopathic intervention or feels further investigation or opinions are required they will discuss this with you and outline how this will best be achieved. There are two components to your treatment program:
- Release your old strategies and habits: help you to release your persistent (even stubborn perhaps) holding habits that are preventing you from supporting your body and moving efficiently (e.g. release tight muscles, overactive muscles, stiff joints, tight fascia etc.)
- Help to train a new way to move: teach you a more efficient, and less stressful, way to support and move your body according to your goals and expectations. Always remain active, as this helps the recovery process.
We always carry out some osteopathic treatment unless it is contraindicated on your first visit, but please note that the Case History and Examination will take up a large part of the your visit. Additionally, it is common to feel stiff and sore following treatment that can last 48-72 hours. Most people describe their reaction as similar to aching and pain felt after exercising. It is also common to feel tired after treatment. If you have any concerns about your treatment please call us.
You will find that we do our best to run on time and we respect that your time is as valuable as ours. If you arrive late, your time with the Osteopath will be shortened to avoid delaying those scheduled after you.