Your first visit to the osteopath and physiotherapist
Our receptionists will greet you as you arrive and ask you to complete a medical history form. It is a good idea to bring a list of any medications and supplements you are taking and copies of any relevant documents like X-rays or scan reports.
You will then be taken through to a consulting room by your therapist. They will discuss your condition and medical history and listen to your concerns. They may ask about your work, home and lifestyle to understand more about you.
Following this discussion your therapist will then assess you to observe how you move, look at your posture and get an idea as to what is causing your problem. The therapist may also test how your nerves are working, take your blood pressure or perform specialist orthopaedic tests to see what the cause of your pain might be.
The next step is to discuss with you their findings. This may include not only what they think is happening, but also what treatments they think may help and what other tests/ scans you may require. They will also inform you if they feel osteopathy or physiotherapy is not appropriate for you, or if further investigation is needed before treatment commences. There will usually be time left to both start some treatment and provide you with advice on how to look after your condition. Please note that sometimes most of the initial visit may be taken up with case history taking and examination, especially if the history is a complicated one.
It is generally a good idea to wear loose and comfortable clothing, as long as we can see the spine or the area that is to be treated. Sometimes shorts or crop top may be appropriate to help with this. Please feel free to bring a family member or friend with you.
Please note, all children under the age of 16 require an adult with legal parental responsibility to be present throughout all consultations and treatments.