On your first visit to an Osteopath, he or she will ask you questions about whatever it may be that is troubling you. These may be quite in-depth, but you will always be given time to answer and be heard. A full history of past problems and medical conditions will also be needed to form a picture of what may be going on with your body.
This will be followed by a physical examination to determine the source and nature of symptoms and also to identify other factors which may be important (such as different leg lengths) You will usually be requested to remove some clothing at this stage, so that observations and biomechanical assessments can be made. At Southbourne Osteopathic clinic, we try to be as sensitive as possible and will request only the minimum amount of clothing necessary be removed. (It is always helpful if loose clothing is worn. It is particularly difficult to treat patients who wear jeans.)
Following the physical examination, the Osteopath will have a good idea of the diagnosis. This will then be discussed with the patient, alongside what treatment may involve, if indeed it is decided that osteopathic treatment is appropriate for your condition. Communication with your doctor may be necessary if it is felt that x-rays or blood tests are necessary to help with a full diagnosis. This of course will only be done with the patients consent.What does treatment involve?
There are a wide range of treatment techniques available to Osteopaths. Treatment needs to be tailored to each individual patient and will vary according to the nature of the problem, the patient's age, medication, physical health, and of course patient preference.
Ben has been on many postgraduate training courses and this enables him to be varied in his approach to treatment choice. Aside from the more traditional direct manual approach, Ben is skilled in Cranial Osteopathy, Acupuncture (Dry Needling) and also uses electrotherapy equipment including ultrasound and Interferential Therapy.
Most treatment sessions will be focused on gentle manual techniques aimed at easing pain, reducing swelling and improving mobility. In general treatment is seldom painful and while some patients may be aware of slight discomfort following treatment, this is usually only a very temporary sign of the body adjusting itself to changed circumstances.
In combination with treatment, advice will be offered on rehabilitation, posture, ergonomics and self-help.How many treatments will I need?
This is obviously an important question. After your osteopath has taken your case history and examined you, he will have a good idea of the nature of your particular problem. The treatment plan will be discussed with you alongside discussion of how many treatments may be necessary. In practice it is not always possible to be accurate in this matter. Individuals do vary in their healing speeds and responses to treatment. Some patients will only need one treatment, while others may need several. On average, most patients attending this clinic will need between two and three treatments. every attempt will be made to give some idea of how much treatment will be necessary. Of course there are financial and time implications involved and the philosophy of this clinic is to make every effort to keep the number of treatments to a minimum.Should I tell my doctor?
As Osteopaths, we are not in conflict with Doctors. We believe that we can work together for the benefit of the patient and are always willing to co-operate with your doctor. Osteopaths are trained to recognise those conditions, which would not be helped by treatment and will not hesitate to recommend that the patient seek the advice of his/her G.P. An increasing number of Medical Doctors are coming to appreciate the treatment that osteopaths offer and will happily recommend this form of treatment.Can I claim on my insurance?
Ben is registered with BUPA, PPP, HAS and most other health insurers. Please contact your insurer to confirm whether your policy covers Osteopathy.
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