Visiting an osteopath
When you visit an osteopath for the first time a full case history will be taken and you will be given an examination.
You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements. The osteopath will then use a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body.
We may need additional investigations such as X-rays, scans or blood tests, you will be referred back to your G.P. or consultant if we feel this is necessary This will allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plan to be developed with you.
You should allow up to one hour for your first consultation and 45 minutes for all subsequent visits. Osteopathy is patient centred, which means that the treatment is geared to you as an individual.
We also offer treatment by the revolutionary POWER ASSISTED MICRO-MANIPULATION
This computerised equipment consists of a "bionic hand" with four pistons powered by compressed air, making it light, safe, efficient and more effective than the hands alone to restore mobility to the joints of the spine. The patient lies faces down on a specially designed treatment plinth, which puts the patient into a form of gentle traction. There is no pulling about of the patient, or high velocity thrusts. The treatment is progressive helping to restore lost suppleness, by moving the joints up and down the spine and stimulating the spinal stretch reflexes.
We are also pleased to be able to offer electrotherapy which includes Ultrasound, Interferential, Laser and Tens Ultrasound and laser are particularly useful for treating acute inflammation and swelling that is often associated with acute sprains and strains, sports injuries and their subsequent rehabilitation.
Being trained in both Osteopathy and Sports injuries this enables us to provide individually tailored exercise regimes in order to optimise body function. Postural advice is also an important part of our osteopathic philosophy.
All of these adjunctive treatment approaches are geared to enhance the efficacy of our osteopathic approach ensuring, where possible, a speedy and long lasting recovery.