Your first visit

What to expect on your first visit.  Our receptionists will greet you as you arrive and ask you to complete a medical history form. It is a good idea to bring a list of any medications and supplements you are taking and copies of any relevant documents like X-rays or scan reports. First visits will take up to 45 mintutes and subsequent sessions approximately 30 minutes.

You will then be taken through to a consulting room by your therapist. They will discuss your condition and medical history and listen to your concerns.  They may ask about your work, home and lifestyle to understand more about you.

Following this discussion, your therapist will then assess you to observe how you move, look at your posture and get an idea as to what is causing your problem. The therapist may also test how your nerves are working, take your blood pressure or perform specialist orthopaedic tests to see what the cause of your pain might be.

The next step is to discuss with you their findings. This may include not only what they think is happening, but also what treatments they think may help and what other tests/ scans you may require. They will also inform you if they feel osteopathy is not appropriate for you, or if further investigation is needed before treatment commences. There will usually be time left to both start some treatment and provide you with advice on how to look after your condition. Please note that most of the initial visit may be taken up with case history taking and examination.

It is generally a good idea to wear loose and comfortable clothing, although you will normally be asked to undress down to your underwear during the first appointment to allow a full examination. We can provide a gown or you may prefer to bring some shorts and a sports top, as long as we can see the spine or the area that is to be treated. Please feel free to bring a family member or friend with you.

Children and Babies

Please note, all children under the age of 16 require an adult with legal parental responsibility to be present throughout all consultations and treatments.

Babies are commonly required to undress down to their nappy. Children, depending on the area which needs to be examined, may also be required to undress down to underwear. Please feel free to bring shorts and a strap top if they feel more comfortable with this.

It may be useful to bring your red book, any delivery notes that you may have and any developmental assessment reports. Please also bring a note of any prescription medication, a drink/snack and favorite toy or book to help keep them occupied.

Risks and Benefits of Osteopathy

Millions of people benefit from osteopathic treatments every year.  At BOP all our therapists are fully qualified and registered osteopaths, who have undergone extensive training.

Any form of physical therapy treatment, whether for preventative care, rehabilitation, or managing a recent acute condition, usually involves some hands on treatment; this often leads to temporary side effects. These side effects are no different in Osteopathy, than they are with any manual therapy such as Chiropractic or Physiotherapy.

-It’s common to feel a little stiff or sore the next day following the initial treatment; this usually, lasts around 24-48 hours. Most people describe this as similar to ‘post exercise soreness’. It’s also common to feel tired or have a temporary headache after treatment.

-Much less common effects are more severe and last longer than a few days. Symptoms may include one or more of the following: more severe pain, rib fracture in patients with osteoporosis, bothersome numbness and tingling lasting weeks or months

– Rare reactions: examples would include: stroke, prolapsed disc, severe pains radiating to a limb requiring emergency medical intervention, ‘cauda equina’ syndrome (a condition which can cause bladder and bowel impairment or, nerve damage and muscle weakness)

Children and babies

Babies can sometimes be a little unsettled after treatment for up to 2-3 days. They may seem restless/grizzly and sleep could be disturbed.The symptoms, for which you are seeking treatment, may also be temporarily worse over this period.

Children and teens, may feel tired, achy and headachy post treatment for 2-3 days. They may also be sore post treatment, much like adults.

 Adverse Reactions to Acupuncture/Dry Needling Treatment 

Mild: common side effects from the treatment might be one or more of the following: bruising, bleeding, nausea, nerve irritation, drowsiness and fatigue

Moderate: less common, side effects from treatment may be similar to the mild reactions but are more severe and lasting for more than five days and may need medical care these would include the following: localised infections, allergies, nerve damage

Severe: adverse reactions to acupuncture treatment are rare but include: systemic infection, Pneumothorax – Requires medical emergency care

Make sure you contact your osteopath or therapist if you are concerned about any problems you are having.

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