What happens in a treatment?

 

We are now open again!  

  We are open, but from 4th January, this will be with newly reduced hours; in keeping with the latest government guidelines on the control and prevention of the spread of Covid-19. 

Please call (01268) 515101 to make enquiries about treatment, or to book an appointment. 

PLEASE DO NOT JUST TURN UP AT THE CLINIC, as social distancing requirements mean we will be unable to let you in if there is another patient already in the building. We have an answerphone - if you get the answerphone during office hours, it is most likely that we are treating, so please leave a message and we will call you back when we are free. 

All of us are living with a lot of stress at the moment due to the pandemic, please remember to be nice, or don't come. We will offer you the same courtesy. 

We will be treating in full PPE and will be following the government guidelines on social distancing as much as is practically possible (for a hands-on treatment like osteopathy or acupuncture). We will ask you to follow certain procedures too and explain those when you make the appointment. Unfortunately, we will have to abide by strict rules on there only being one person in the clinic having treatment at any one time.  

 

All our sessions are 30 minutes long. An Osteopathic treatment can be divided into four parts:

Case history:

Your first treatment will always begin with a detailed case history. This is necessary to find out more about the cause of your problem and, more importantly, whether we can help you or whether your problem requires refferal to a G.P. (Later treatments only require a brief discussion of your symptom progression.) 

 

Examination:

Your osteopath will then require you to undress down to your underwear so they can see how well your spine, skeleton and muscles appear to be working together. In this way, your osteopath can make a treatment plan tailored to your individual problem. (Some female patients may prefer to wear shorts during treatment.) 

 

Treatment:

Osteopathy is a manual therapy and therefore we use our hands to release tension and restore function to the body. We use a variety of techniques, including soft tissue massage, stretching, gentle mobilisation of the joints and manipulation where neccessary. You will always get some treatment the first time you come, we don't see the need to have a consulttation only the first time and ask you to come back for treatment. 

 

Lifestyle Advice:

We will advise you on your lifestyle, giving exercises and postural advice. This will help you to manage your problem, so reducing painful symptoms and helping you to improve your health and quality of life.