You will be seen by a fully qualified Registered Osteopath who is registered with the General Osteopathic Council.
On your first visit, the osteopath will take full details which consider your current symptoms, as well as past medical history. This will include illnesses, and any past operations or accidents. Please bring a list of any medication that you are taking to the appointment. These details are held, in confidence, by The Dove Practice.
It is important that the osteopath sees not only the area which is causing problems, but other areas which may be related to your condition. Therefore you may be asked to undress to the level of your underwear, and the practitioner will leave the room whilst you undress. Some patients prefer to bring shorts, or other loose clothing, such as track suit bottoms, to change into prior to treatment.
You will be asked to perform certain movements in order that the osteopath may understand and assess your condition. Further examination will normally be carried out while you lie on the examination couch. We will explain the diagnosis and discuss the treatment plan with you. As long as it is safe to do so, treatment is then undertaken on the first visit. Occasionally, it may be helpful to contact your GP, in which case we will discuss this with you and ask for your agreement.
Before treatment commences we will ask you to sign a consent form, however, please do not hesitate to ask the osteopath to stop the treatment and explain anything they say or do at any time during your appointment. We understand that some people are nervous about visiting an osteopath. You are welcome to take a friend or relation into the treatment room with you.
After treatment, advice or simple exercises may be given to you to support the treatment. Sometimes patients may notice discomfort for up to 48 hours after the treatment. Please ring and speak to your osteopath if you have any concerns.
If you have any questions before you see the osteopath please ask the receptionist.