what to expect
Usually treatment is relaxing and rarely painful, though as the body adapts to the changes we make, you may feel stiff and sore for a few days afterwards.
As a rough guide, 3-6 weekly treatments should be sufficient for a recent, uncomplicated injury. For ongoing problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis, 3-6 treatments should see a reduction in symptoms which could then be managed with regular maintenance.
Treatment may also include advice on posture, diet and exercise if these are contributing to your problem. What you do at home and at work can greatly affect your progress and so your involvement in any treatment plan is just as important as ours.
your first visit
Your first appointment will last approximately one hour. A thorough case history of all your ailments and conditions, together with your presenting signs and symptoms, will be recorded to best understand the cause of your problem.
The osteopath will then run through a full health screen to determine your general state of health, including blood pressure. If anything untoward is discovered then we may ask you to visit your GP or we can (with your permission) contact them directly on your behalf.
If all is well you'll then be asked to dress down to your underwear or whatever you feel is appropriate. Some people will bring shorts or sports bras if this makes them feel more comfortable. A standing examination will be performed to assess your range of motion; then you will be invited on to the treatment table where the treatment will be performed.