What to expect from your Osteopath
Patients consulting an osteopath are entitled to the highest standard of care.
Visiting your osteopath
Before your first appointment ensure that your osteopath is registered with the General Osteopathic Council.
Osteopathy is a patient-centred system of primary healthcare. Your first appointment will last approximately 45-60minutes and 30minutes for subsequent appointments. This allows the osteopath adequate time to:
– Gather a full case history on your problem, gain information on your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking, and record this in your case notes. This information is strictly confidential.
– Provide a full physical examination, in relation to your complaint.
– Ask you to provide a series of simple movements, to observe posture, mobility and control. Because if the body’s structure, pain and stiffness you are experiencing in one area may be linked to a problem elsewhere.
– Examine the health of your joints, tissues and ligaments using highly developed sense of touch.
– Check for signs of other serious conditions and advise you to seek investigation for a consultant.
Diagnosis and treatment
Osteopathy specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and management of musculoskeletal and other related disorders.
– your osteopath will give you a clear explanation of what they have found and discuss a treatment plan that is suitable for you, which may included lifestyle changes. They will explain the benefits and any risks of the treatment.
– it is important to understand and agree what the treatment can achieve and the likely number of sessions needed for a noticeable difference/improvement in your Wellbeing.
– treatment is hands-on and involves skilled articulation and manipulation of the spine and joint within the body and stretching of soft tissues. Your osteopath will explain what is being done at all times, and will give the opportunity to ask any questions.
– self-help measures and advice on exercises may be offered to assist your recovery, And prevent re-occurrence all worsening of symptoms.
Due to the physical nature of the treatment it is not unusual to sometimes feel so all stiff in the first 24–48 hours after treatment. If you have any concerns, it is important to contact your osteopath and ask for their advice.
It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. The osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan.
Keeping your GP informed
Most patients refer themselves directly to an osteopath. Although referral by GP is not necessary, you are encouraged to keep your GP informed, so that your medical records are up-to-date. This will ensure you receive the best possible care from both healthcare professionals. With your permission, your osteopath may send a report to your GP, with details of your condition and treatment. You can also request A letter for your employer, if this is useful.
All osteopathic clinics have a complaints procedure. If you have any concerns about your osteopath, it is usually helpful to raise these with the person involved, or their employer if they have one, to see if the matter can be put right.
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