What happens on my first Treatment?
On arrival you will be asked to sign two forms that demonstrate you have been made aware of what to expect from your Osteopath and how your records are kept. In order that you have time to read and understand the patient guidance notes and the Privacy notice. Please now go to the FORMS page to download and sign the Guidance notes form and explicit consent. Please read the Privacy Notice GDPR 2018 before signing the explicit consent part of the form to which this relates. It will save time and make your first visit more relaxed if you can bring this four page document with you. Don’t be put off or panic about these forms you can bring them with you and sign them after any questions you might have. Or if you don’t have a printer I can provide forms, but to save time please make yourself familiar with them before arrival. Failure to sign the appropriate forms will not make us compliant with our legal requirements to treat you.
A first consultation with an Osteopath is similar to that with any medical practitioner. The Osteopath will want to know how the symptoms began and the factors which affect them. A complete medical history will be taken, when previous illness and injuries and also current treatments will be noted.
An Osteopath is qualified to carry out a conventional examination and to reach a diagnosis, so he may decide to make an orthopaedic, neurological or circulatory examination. MRI scans, X-rays, blood tests or analyses may be offered as well. This part of the examination is very important because patients may not have seen their Doctor beforehand. An Osteopath is trained to identify any condition which might require other treatments or referral.
What do I wear?
Osteopaths try to look to areas away from the focal areas of pain to be sure about pain referral and/or that there are not factors influencing ones ability to compensate for ones injuries. For this reason it is occasionally requested that you change down to your under garments particularly on your first consultation and gowns are available.
DON’T PANIC ! You will never be expected to get into a state of undress you are not entirely happy with. For this reason some patients wear cycle shorts and sports vests or shorts and T shirts. The main request is to avoid thick collars or heavy thick waistbands and if possible to use loose stretch materials.