What to Expect from your First Appointment
When you come for an osteopathic consultation, you will be asked to complete an “Info and Consent” form as well as a short ”Health Questionnaire”, which you can download here if you prefer to complete them before coming. This information will help Sarah to understand the background to your problem and to form a diagnosis. Sarah will then ask you about your symptoms and their history in some detail. Following this, there will be a musculoskeletal examination which will involve an observation of your posture and simple movements. Sarah may also take your blood pressure and test reflexes, joint mobility and muscle strength.
Sarah will then discuss the diagnosis with you and answer any questions you may have about your prognosis. She will discuss a treatment approach with you and ensure that you understand and consent to the osteopathic care proposed. Also, if for any reason Sarah believes that you will not benefit from osteopathic treatment, she will explain why and recommend alternatives. For the purposes of examination and treatment it may be necessary to remove some clothes to examine the symptomatic area, e.g. the low back or the legs. However Sarah always ensures that her patients feel very comfortable and that modesty is maintained. Any patient may bring a chaperone with them. Please note that all under- 18s must attend with a chaperone and must complete an “under-18 information and consent“ form.
If you are making an appointment for a baby or infant, you will be asked to complete the following forms when you arrive :
“Baby or Infant Health Questionnaire” and “Baby or Infant Information and Consent Form” [see relevant pdf’s].
You may wish to discuss osteopathic approach to your symptoms in advance of making an appointment. If so, please contact Sarah on 07968 863 171 or use the contact form below