What should I wear for my first appointment?
Firstly, it is important that you feel comfortable and relaxed. If you would feel more at ease with a friend or relative to act as a chaperone, then please invite them along. It is easier to perform a thorough assessment and treatment if you are wearing loose clothing such as something you might wear to a gym session.
I am concerned that I will be told to keep coming back for treatment?
I understand that many patients have this fear. At my clinic I like to get people better and give patients as much control over their symptoms as possible. I will teach you strategies to cope with the immediate pain, and as your recovery progesses, how to stabilise and strengthen the injured area. You are always in control of how many visits you have. I am aware that not everyone can afford to come as often as they may like and try to give as much ‘homework’ as possible to reduce the number of visits.
Will treatment hurt?
In my opinion treatment should not be painful. Occasionally you may suffer some soreness after treatment but this should be mild and short-lived. I would encourage you to discuss any treatment soreness at your next appointment. Treatment should be safe and effective and any risks of aggravating your condition should be discussed. For example, if you are travelling on holiday the next day, it is important to discuss this.
Do I need to tell my doctor that I am receiving treatment?
To make an appointment you only need to pick up the phone and call us. You don’t need a referral from your doctor, although I do get many referrals from local GPs. In this case, I would normally write to your GP to keep them up-to-date with the progress of your treatment and, of course, I am happy that you talk to your GP if you have any concerns about treatment.
Why do osteopaths manipulate?
I use manipulation as part of a range of methods to try and re-establish normal joint mobility. It is not appropriate for everyone but it can be a quick and effective technique. It should never be a violent or frightening experience and I always discuss other options before choosing such techniques.
Can treatment help arthritis?
Arthritis in a joint is not necessarily the end of the road. Sometimes an operation on a severely affected hip or knee joint is the best thing to do before it starts affecting other joints. However, quite often, if there is robust joint mobility and stability around the affected area, the patient can continue on as normal. As an osteopath, I can help the patient rediscover that loss of range and stability in the surrounding joints. Many patients continue living happy and fulfilled lives after a diagnosis of arthritis.
What if I have a more serious condition?
As an osteopath I am trained to be aware of and look out for signs and symptoms of concern. Movement or particular posture will aggravate back or joint pain due to a sprain or strain. If your symptom picture doesn’t ‘add up’ I will organise a referral back to your GP.
Will I have to keep coming back for more treatment?
Normally you will see progress within three or four sessions. If you don't, I will offer you a reassessment and we can discuss the options. Thereafter, some patients take the attitude they want to stay out of pain and they return for maintenance treatments once a month or less frequently as desired.
Should I stop my sports activity if I have suffered an injury?
As much as I can, I try to keep a sportsperson active and engaged in their chosen sport. In some cases, you might need a lay-off from the sport, in others you may be able to continue at a lower level, for example, with Martial Arts you may be able to continue training but not go into full contact/combative action.
Is my practitioner registered to practice?
I am registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC). I am insured to practice osteopathy, acupuncture, clinical Pilates and hydrotherapy.
The General Osteopathic Council maintains the register of those entitled to practice osteopathy, as well as ensuring that osteopaths keep their training and development up-to-date and maintain professional standards.
What can I do if I do have a complaint?
If you believe your complaint is to do with the service you received from the practice, or the behaviour of the osteopath, then please contact us directly and talk it through. The majority of problems are caused by misunderstandings and can easily be resolved locally. If you are still not satisfied, or the complaint is more serious, you should contact the General Osteopathic Council.