To book a consultation with David, call the main reception to see how we can provide help to you or your family or friends.
Follow Up Treatment
What Will Treatment Involve?
After gaining written permission to treat (you can withdraw this at any time) firstly we'll talk about what is causing you the most problems if it is the first consultation, or a brief chat if you are returning. Then we'll ask you to undress to underwear so we can look at your posture and examine so sensible underwear is useful or you can also wear shorts if more comfortable. We will then do some examinations which may involve things like taking reflexes and testing muscle power, and joint range of motion so we can make a correct diagnosis and see what is causing the problem, in order to predict a prognosis of what is most likely to happen after. Joint range of motion is tested by using active and passive movements where we may get you to flex forwards to touch toes, or bend sideways, or flex your head forwards or backwards or rotate. If we are happy with diagnosis and are happy to proceed we will then use our hands to palpate the area. Osteopaths have a highly developed sense of touch which we use to ascertain how a joint is moving and the soft tissues around here. We will then use our hands to carry out treatment which may include:
* Soft Tissue Technique
* HVT (Joint Mobilisation)
* MET (Muscle Energy Technique)
* Functional and Counter Strain Techniques
We will use these techniques in order to improve the function of the joints, and surrounding soft tissue to reduce inflammation and get you out of pain as quickly as possible. I am also trained in medical acupuncture, so I also use this when required. We will explain as we go along but as always if there is anything you are unsure of please ask as it is important that patients feel as comfortable as possible.
What Can I Expect On My First Visit?
During the first consultation it is important for the Osteopath to take detailed case history. This will involve asking lot's of questions about your present complaint, previous injuries and general health. You will be asked about where you are experiencing the pain, how long it has been there for, what makes it feel better or worse, if it has got any better or worse, the history of the injury and whether there are any patterns to it. We will then ask you to undress to underwear (so sensible underwear is useful or shorts if you feel more comfortable) so we can start to examine as above, using active and passive movements of the joints and any other tests necessary, and if we are happy with the diagnosis and it is safe to proceed we will begin treatment under your consent, by using our hands to palpate joints using the techniques above, and give you advice on things you can do to help and get you better as quickly as possible, likely outcomes and prognosis
How Long Will The Appointment Last?
First consultation is 60 minutes as this will involve taking a detailed case history and examination which may last the first half of the consultation, followed by treatment and any ongoing advice in the next 30 minutes
Follow up sessions are 30 minutes and involve a brief re-examination, followed by treatment.
Please give 24 hours notice for cancellations otherwise full fee is liable. There are always patient's in pain who are waiting for an appointment so please be considerate to others needing help at that time.