What To Expect?

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Back to Balance Osteopath's can perform all examinations through light clothing. The practitioner may ask you to remove some of your clothing, ideally to reveal the part of the body in question. Say for example your back, calf or shoulder. You can of course have privacy to undress and towels will be available to cover up during treatment. You are welcome to ask a friend or relative to accompany you during your treatment.

Listening and Examination

Case history

Listening and asking questions about your problem, your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking, and record this in your case notes. The information you provide will be confidential.

Examination

Examine you properly. It is likely the osteopath will ask you to remove some of your clothing, ideally to reveal the part of the body in question. If you are uncomfortable about this we can perform these examinations in light clothing. You can of course have privacy to undress and towels will be available to cover up during treatment. You are welcome to ask a friend or relative to accompany you during your treatment.

You will be asked to make simple movements to observe your posture and mobility.

The practitioner will examine the health of the joints, tissues and ligaments using a highly developed sense of touch called palpation.

Additionally we can check for signs of other serious conditions that we may not be able to treat but will be able to advise you to see your GP or go to the hospital for. If this were the case we can provide a letter explaining what we believe to be the problem.

Diagnosis and treatment

Back to Balance specialises in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders.

The practitioner will give you a clear explaination of what they found (diagnosis), and discuss a treatment plan that is suitable for you, which may include lifestyle changes. They will explain the benefits and any risks of the treatment they are recommending.

It is important to understand and agree with the treatment you can recieve, and the likely number of sessions needed for a noticeable improvement in your wellbeing.

Treatment is hands-on and involves skilled manipulation of the spine and joints, and massage of soft tissues. Your osteopath will explain what they are doing and will always ask your permission to treat you (known as consent). Ask questions at any time, if you are unsure of what you have been told or if you have any concerns.

Self-help measures and advice on exercise may be offered to assist your recovery, and prevent reoccurrence or worsening of symptoms.

Ongoing care

Due to the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore of stiff in the first 24-48 hours after treatment. Your osteopath will explain any likely reactions that you could expect. If you have any concerns just give us a call or e-mail.

Keeping your GP informed

Most patients refer themselves directly to an osteopath. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, you are encouraged to keep your GP fully informed, so that your medical records are up to date. This will insure that your receive the best possible care from both health professionals. With permission, your osteopath may send a report to your GP, with details of your condition and treatment. You can also request a letter to your employer, if this is helpful.

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