What can I expect?

Some answers to frequently asked questions about treatment

Your first consultation has three stages: taking a case history, examination and treatment.

How many treatments will I need?
Taking a case history
Examination
Treatment
After treatment

How many treatments will I need?

If you are like most people, then you will need three or four treatments. Your initial consultation takes an hour, with follow-up treatments taking 30 minutes. If it looks like you need more than four treatments, then you and Mandy will review the situation.

When the course of treatment has finished you may want a regular top-up treatment to keep you up and running. Back to top

Taking a case history

The case history is all about getting to know you. The first thing you will do in a consultation with Mandy is tell her your story. Mandy wants to know when and how your pain started, what it feels like, and what you can and can’t do.

Mandy is also interested in your life, how you spend your time and what you have done in the past.

Then Mandy will ask about your medical history as this may influence your condition and treatment. Back to top

Examination

Once Mandy has a good picture of you and why you have come to see her, Mandy will ask you to change into your underwear or take your top off for examination. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, change into something like shorts and a tee shirt instead that you can move easily in.

Mandy will examine you to find out what hurts and why. She will begin by looking at how you stand and move. She will then use a range of orthopaedic and osteopathic tests to understand how your body moves.

Throughout the case history and examination, Mandy will check that osteopathic treatment is right for you and further investigations are not needed. Back to top

Treatment

When Mandy clearly understands how your body works, she will start to treat you.

Your treatment will be tailor made to you and your body. You and your situation are unique. There are no ‘one size fits all’ treatments in osteopathy.

Mandy uses a range of techniques from very gentle ‘holding’ techniques, to stronger manipulations. In some of the gentler techniques you may feel your body relaxing, or nothing at all, although a lot is happening. You may be surprised when you stand up at the difference you feel in your body.

If you have a preference for a particular style of treatment let Mandy know.

You are in control of what happens during the treatment. Mandy will not perform a particular technique if you do not want it. Back to top

After treatment

Immediately after the treatment you should feel a bit better. However, you need to take care as your body is still in a delicate state. As much as possible, try to keep away from heavy work, housework and gardening after your treatment. Gentle pottering around is best. This lets the treatment take its course in your body.

You may find that for a day or two after treatment you feel sore. This is perfectly normal. Your body is readjusting itself. Please don’t worry about this.

You may wish to invite a friend or relative to the consultation. Back to top