What to expect on your first visit
With the Osteopath
The Osteopath will ask you about your medical history in detail, and then you will be examined using many tests, some similar to conventional medicine, including a thorough assessment of your musculo-skeletal system.
You will be asked to remove your outer garments, though you may wear shorts or possibly loose fitting joggers, so a full assessment can be made considering areas of strain, immobility, or injury. This is also important to detect any superficial changes on the skin such as bruising, heat, redness, swelling, infection and any pathological changes.
Once a full assessment has been conducted and a working diagnosis has been formulated, the osteopath will use manual therapy to treat the particular areas of the body which are causing symptoms and inhibiting your bodies recovery.
With the Acupuncturist
The Acupuncturist will also take a full medical history, to ascertain the flow of energy, pulses may be examined as well as looking at the tongue. Their skill lies in their ability to make a traditional diagnosis from what is often a complex pattern of disharmony. The exact pattern and degree of disharmony is unique to each individual so each person will receive a personalised treatment plan.
Patients will be asked to remove their outer garments before each treatment so the acupuncturist can quickly and easily locate points which may be on any part of the body or limbs. They will then have very fine needles inserted either near the area of pain or sometimes at a distance from it. The needles are so fine it is almost impossible to feel pain on insertion, however, when the acupuncture point is stimulated you will feel a slight tugging, pulling or cramping sensation.
Acupuncture needles are made according to exacting quality control procedures. They are all sterilised and are disposed of after a single application.