Your first visit
During your first visit to Absolute Osteopathy, we'll need to take some information about your background, medical history and the nature of your condition. This is so that we can provide the best possible care, tailored to your specific circumstances.
Your first consultation is similar to a consultation with your G.P. It will take approximately 45- 60 minutes. Your osteopath will need to know the nature of your complaint, the site and type of your pain, any associated symptoms and how and when the symptoms developed. We will need to know whether you have had a previous history of this type of pain, or any similar complaint and any examinations or treatments you may have had in the past. We will also need details of your past medical history including any serious illnesses, accidents, including road accidents, broken bones or operations you have had in your life to date. Some people find it helpful to write down the history of the problem since it started, noting any treatment or X-rays they may have had. It might be helpful to bring a list of any medication you are taking, or bring your prescription with you.
The examination will begin with observation of your active movements with you standing or sitting. This informs the osteopath what movements affect the pain. Osteopaths are skilled at observation of movement and will notice changes from the normal pattern and differences from one side to the other. All this information helps to find the cause of the pain.
The osteopath will then probably ask you to sit or lie on the treatment table and to relax your muscles so that we can move individual joints to test them for pain, range and quality of movement.
After the consultation, we will take time to talk through your problem with you. We will give you an idea of what we might be able to do for you, unless further tests are required.
If osteopathic treatment is appropriate for you, the reasons for your symptoms, a treatment plan and type of treatment will be discussed. We will discuss expected outcomes and how many treatments you may need, and answer any questions you may have.
We will give you advice on exercise, nutrition and hydrotherapy where appropriate.
Normally, young people with acute (recent) injuries respond quickly and require fewer treatments. As patients age they tend to pick up chronic (long term) problems. The longer they have lived with a particular condition the more likely it is that they will benefit from regular treatment.
What to Wear
We will most likely need to examine your spine and posture.
Gentlemen please wear comfortable underpants or boxer shorts.
Ladies please wear a back-fastening bra and pants. It is usually acceptable for you to keep tights on as well if you wish, but please do not wear an all-in-one under-garment or elastic girdle. If your condition is very painful and it is difficult to bend it may be advisable to wear slip-on shoes and easily removable clothes.
In Pain? Emergency Appointments Available. Major Health Insurance Companies Covered.
Call us on:
07790 002949 (direct mobile)
or send us an email.
Appointments available on weekends and bank holidays (including christmas and new year) in an emergency.
The Ashdown Clinic
81 High Street,
Weekends By appointment
The Ashdown Clinic:
Emergency/home visits available on request (EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS ALSO)