At your first appointment we will ask you questions about….
- The problem
- How and when it started
- How it is behaving
- Any medication you are taking (and if it is helping)
- What you think may have caused it
- What it is preventing you from doing, any activities or sleeping
- What you can and cannot do because of this problem
This questioning gives us an indication of what particular type of structure is causing the problem and also whether we have to be gentle with you because the tissues affected are very sensitised. If you are taking any medication for pain relief please continue to take this, and also bring details of any regular medication you take. If you have had X-Ray or MRI scans please bring any reports with you.
We will then examine the problem area, this usually means undressing down to underwear (if you would be more comfortable please bring along a pair of shorts to wear). This is necessary so we can see how the body moves and what is restricted.
During the examination we look at how joints, muscles and nerves can move as well as looking at posture and specific muscle strength. This will involve detailed palpation of those structures we feel are causing the problem, this doesn’t always match what the patient thinks as “referred pain”. Meaning that someone may come in with what they think was a knee problem and through a detailed biomechanical examination we identify their hip, pelvis and/or their lower back as the source of the pain! Consequently a thorough examination may mean looking at how the whole body moves and establishing the original cause of the pain not just the resulting injury.
Treatment is dependent on the needs of the patient and their condition at that particular time and may involve the use of gentle manipulative therapy; soft tissue massage; electrotherapy (Laser, Ultrasound, Interferential, Pulsed Shortwave); acupuncture; specific exercises to stretch or strengthen muscles; posture advice; advice on daily activities.
Initial Assessment & Treatment (45mins)
Follow-Up appointments (30mins)
Assessment for Neurological, Vestibular or Pelvic Floor problems will need a 1 hour appointment
These fees are payable on the day of treatment.
Payment may be made by Cash/Cheque; Credit/Debit Card or BACS payment.
Once a booking has been made we have allocated our professional time to you.
We ask that you give us 24 hours notice of cancellation.
You may contact us by phone or email. There is a telephone answer machine for out of hours messages when the clinic is closed.
If you give us less than 24 hours notice and we are unable to allocate your appointment to another patient, we will expect you to pay for your missed appointment.
We expect payment at the time of attendance.
If you wish a third party, e.g medical insurance company or other intermediary to pay please contact us to see if this is possible.
Fees for third party payment will be given to you when you make contact with the practice.