At your first appointment you should expect the following:
We will take a detailed case history, focusing on your current complaint, but including your medical and accident history to enable us to take best care of you. Stresses past or present, physical, emotional or psychological may be relevant too, but you are under no obligation to share more than you are comfortable with.
We will exam your posture and mobility standing and lying and carry out any relevant screening tests, for example reflexes or blood pressure.
Using skills particular to Osteopaths, we will assess joint mobility and tissue health. Pulling all this information together we will then, if possible make and discuss our diagnosis with you before proceeding to treatment. If we are unable to make a diagnosis we may refer you to your GP or another practitioner.
We will endeavour to estimate how much treatment might be needed. Where this is unclear we may suggest periodic reviews in order that we can both monitor the progress being made.
The reputation of our practice is based on gentle sensitive treatment. Our commitment to you is alway to communicate to the best of our ability.
On first examining you we may need to ask you to remove some clothing in order see exactly what is happening. This is usually not necessary at future appointments. You may wish to wear loose comfortable clothing where this is practical.
Chaperones are always welcome.
Children should always be accompanied.
Following the introduction of the new laws governing data we will ask all patients to read and sign a form giving their consent for storage of their records and contact details. These are never shared without explicit consent.