Here is some general advice and information about osteopathy, which is generally applicable to all therapies we provide at the clinic.
What to expect - your first session
On your first visit to this clinic, Andrew will ask you about your symptoms and how the complaint began. A full history of past problems and medical conditions will be required to gain an understanding of your current problem.
Next is a physical examination to find the cause of your symptoms. Some clothing may need to be removed, but this varies depending upon the condition that needs examination. Modesty gowns are available on request. This involves establishing the exact area of any pain and testing for muscle weakness, abnormal joint function, or diminished reflexes. The Osteopath's specialised skills in palpation allow us to feel "what's going on under the skin"
Will it hurt?
Formerly the term "osteopathic treatment" suggested the use of a high-speed manipulation to mobilise the joint. Today the Osteopath has a wide range of techniques from which to choose and, while some conditions may require a direct manipulation, osteopathy nowadays tends towards gentler, more subtle techniques. We would stress that Andrew will never insist that a particular method is always correct. Almost always we can find alternate methods to help resolve your individual problem and other concerns
These safe procedures allow the modern Osteopath to treat a great variety of conditions successfully, ranging from postural problems found in growing children and pregnant women, to occupational stress, or injuries received during sporting and other activities. The pains caused by degenerative changes such as arthritis also often respond to more gentle techniques of treatment.
In general the treatment is seldom painful and, while some patients may be aware of slight discomfort following treatment, this is usually only a very temporary sign of the body adjusting itself to the changed circumstances.
What to wear
When you come wear loose outer clothes that are easy to remove. You will probably be asked to remove some clothing and may need to strip to your underwear, so please wear sensible garments in which you feel comfortable. A laundered hospital-style gown will be available if you prefer one.
Even for a tennis elbow, for example, we may need to examine your neck and upper back, so removing a blouse or shirt may be required. Bring a chaperone if you wish.
Some legal points
All patients under 18 are legally defined as a child and must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
On the first visit a consent form has to be signed before any treatment is given. Please note that if there is a long gap between appointments, Andrew may ask you to re-sign the consent form. A copy of the Consent Form is available here: CONSENT FORM
Payment & cancellation terms
Payment is made in the office after treatment. We accept cash, cheques [with card] and debit/credit cards.
If you cancel a booked session within 1 working day, then we will still have to charge a half or full fee [depending upon the notice given at the time], as we will probably not be able to fill that slot.