Assessment and Examination:
When you first visit you’ll be asked about your current symptoms as well as about your general health, diet, activities and lifestyle, and any previous medical history.
All information is treated confidentially with the standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and Data Protection Act 1998.
After an initial assessment with orthopaedic and neurological examination the osteopath will discuss the best course of action, the likely frequency of treatment required and the cost involved.
During the treatment:
The practitioner may require you to undress to your underwear in order to complete the examination, a gown can be provided if you wish, however wearing shorts, loose fitting or flexible clothing is preferable.
Reactions to treatment are rare, but it is common to feel sore the following day after a treatment in which case a cold compress on the area for 5 minutes every hour is advisable.
Occasionally a healing crisis may occur, where the body has sufficient energy to perform a full body cleanse. Common symptoms are flu-like malaise, a cold and cough, a short bout of diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. These are usually short-term and resolve swiftly but you should ‘allow’ to it happen to encourage healing.