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FAQs

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

What is pain?

Pain is a warning sign that something is wrong and something needs to be done about it.  It is one of the body’s natural defence mechanisms that alerts you to the problem.  Along with pain there can also be swelling, inflammation, redness and lack of mobility.

Why an Osteopath?

Osteopaths help to reduce tissue inflammation by using different techniques including massage to the soft tissues, manipulation and stretching of the joints.  This helps to reduce muscle spasm and restrictions in the joints, to increase mobility and relieve pain.

What should I wear?

As with any medical examination, you will probably be asked to undress to your underwear. This may vary depending on which area of the body you require help with. You can discuss this with your Osteopath before your first visit.

Can I Bring a Friend or Relative?

Yes, if it would make you feel more comfortable.  They could be present throughout the whole process if you wish. Patients under 16 years old would have to have a chaperone.

Does it Hurt?

Some soft tissue treatment may cause discomfort during treatment.  The Osteopath will work with you to try to keep this within your limits.  You may feel stiff or sore after treatment, you will be given advice on how to deal with this in between treatments.

Do I Need to See My Doctor First?

If you are paying for your own treatment you do not need to see your doctor first.  Although some insurance companies do require you  to see your doctor first.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments needed depends on the condition and the person being treated.  We aim to keep appointments to a minimum.

What Happens On My First Visit?

On your first visit to the Clinic of Natural Medicine you will be required to fill in a consultation form where a full medical history will be taken. This will be discussed and then you will be given an examination.
For this you will be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a series simple of movements. Also your posture and asymmetry will be checked. The Osteopath will then use a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify the origins of your problem. This may be followed by Clinical and Orthopaedic tests if necessary.

The results of the examination will then be discussed with you, as well as the diagnosis and a treatment plan. Occasionally further tests may be required e.g. x-rays or blood tests to confirm a diagnosis.

Normally you will also be treated on your first visit, if you cannot be treated advice will be given on what to do next. Following your treatment advice a may be given regarding ice treatment, posture, ergonomics, stretching and exercise. Osteopathy is patient centred, which means the treatment is geared to you as an individual.