At City Osteopathy and Physiotherapy a full history is taken of your condition, your presenting symptoms and any signs or triggers you may have noticed which can be of great help in understanding the background to your problem. In order for the Osteopath or Physio to examine and subsequently treat you, you may be asked to remove some of your clothing (Women are provided with a clean ‘hospital type’ gown or can stay fully dressed of preferred by the patient).
The Osteopath/Physio then performs a full and thorough examination, may do various orthopedic or neurological tests and examines any x-rays you may have with you. It may be necessary in some severe or complex cases to have x-rays or an MRI taken before proceeding with treatment, if you don’t already have them.City Osteopathy and Physiotherapy the diagnosis and treatment plan will be discussed with you before treatment commences.
The treatment approach has been mentioned above but in Osteopathy, this will usually commence with a thorough soft tissue work up involving extensive therapeutic massage and various Osteopathic release techniques so that the joint restriction can be corrected more easily and more gently. The emphasis is to balance the musculo-skeletal system especially the pelvis and to mobilize any painful restricted spinal and peripheral joint.
In Physiotherapy, treatment will vary depending on the presenting problem and individual. It may consist of soft tissue and joint mobilising techniques to relieve acute symptoms, as well as techniques to address the root cause of symptoms and teaching of techniques for self help. Strapping can be used, but advice and home exercises are prescribed to be able to continue progress in between appointments.
Following the initial consultation, at City Osteopathy and Physiotherapy a medical report is prepared listing the complaint history, the examination findings, the diagnosis, treatment plan, response to the initial treatment. Advice is given on what to do and what not to do especially regarding work, sport, exercising, stretching and general movement and recommendations on how to get the most out of your treatment. You will be advised when to have your follow up treatment and given an idea as to how long it will take to correct your problem which will depend on whether your problem is a recent acute injury or a chronic complaint.