YOUR FIRST VISIT TO THE OSTEOPATH

Timing

Allow an hour for your first appointment. Further visits are 30 minutes.

The osteopath will ask you about your problem and take a full medical history.

Your medication

Please bring details of any medication you are taking and, if available, the results of any x-rays, scans or tests. You do not have to see your doctor before seeing the osteopath.

Clothing

It will be necessary to undress to your underwear for full examination (bring shorts if you prefer). The osteopath will usually ask you to try some simple movements and carry out tests such as reflexes. Most people find treatment relaxing.

Examination need not be painful. Let the osteopath know. The osteopath will explain what he or she has found and discuss a treatment plan with you. This may include exercises or advice for self-help.

Sometimes the osteopath will write to your doctor, perhaps to ask for the results of tests, or to have some tests done; this will be discussed with you.

After treatment

Avoid strenuous activity. It is not unusual to experience some soreness in the area of the problem, or even distant areas. It should not last for more than 24 - 48 hours. Do telephone if you have any concerns.

Children & infants

Allow 30-40 minutes for their first visit. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire before your child first appointment. This allows the osteopath to concentrate on the child and avoids them feeling 'talked about'. You may download and print this questionnaire from the Download section of this website. Click here to go directly to that page.

Newborn infant

Checks are free of charge for the first two weeks of age. There is a Mother & Baby information leaflet available for download from the Downloads section of this website. Click here to go directly to that page.

Treatment is more effective if your child is relaxed and keeps still. Parents can help for example, by reading to their child during treatment. The clinic has toys & books, but do bring any favourites from home.

Where possible children are examined in their underwear, however, with younger children the osteopath may lift clothing to look at the child's spine rather than cause upset on the first visit. Teenagers often bring a pair of shorts to wear.

Fees should be settled after your appointment, by cash, cheque or card (we don't take american express).