Treatments

What We Treat

We treat all musculoskeletal problems including backache, neck pain, tendonitis, bursitis, sports injuries, sprains, sciatica, lumbago, trapped nerves, arthritis, spondylosis, tennis elbow and headaches.

What We Use to Help You

Stephen combines the two types of training, physiotherapy and osteopathy to bring about the ideal treatment for his patients. Treatment is very much geared towards the use of manual techniques, as these far outreach the scope of even modern machinery.

What to expect

Your First Visit

Our receptionist will welcome you and take a few of your personal details. She will ask for all your telephone numbers in order that we can ring you to remind you of your subsequent appointments.

You will then be invited to have a seat in one of our treatment rooms.

Initial Consultation

Your physiotherapist/osteopath will take a history of your problem by asking for details of the onset of the problem, any factors which make the problem worse or better and any other treatment or investigations you may have had.

Initial Examination

They will then carry out an examination of your problem. This will include a standing observation of your posture and asking you, if possible, to do some simple movements such as bending backwards/forwards. This examination may be better performed with a removal of some items of clothing, e.g. to look at a neck problem the removal of your shirt.

Sometimes, if the root of your problem is elsewhere other items of clothing may need to be removed. For example, a slightly shorter leg may affect your neck and it may therefore be appropriate to remove your trousers to allow a full examination of the lower limb.

If you feel uncomfortable about removing clothing please let your physiotherapist/osteopath know; it is usually possible to work around clothing provided it is soft and unrestricted e.g. jogging bottoms or shorts, although this may mean that the diagnosis of contributing factors may be impaired. There are treatment gowns provided if preferred.

After the observation examination, you will be asked to lie down on the treatment bench so that your physiotherapist/osteopath can examine you passively (without your muscles doing anything) in order to complete their diagnosis.

Examination Result and Recommendations

Your physiotherapist/osteopath will then explain what they have found, what this means in terms of your problem and what treatment options you have and whether any further referral or investigation is necessary.

Treatment

If appropriate your physiotherapist/osteopath will then begin a short treatment which will enable him/her to read your body's preference for treatment and allow you to experience the approach that will be taken.

During treatment he/she will sometimes ask for feedback do be honest and don't be shy, it is your body and your treatment.

Please feel free to ask questions at any time in the consultation the more you understand your problems the less worried you will feel and the better able you will be to help rather than hinder the treatment.

Exercises and Homework

Your physiotherapist/osteopath may give you some exercises or homework to do such as hot or cold bathing etc.

This advice should be followed in order to make best use of your treatment and for you to get better as quickly as possible if you choose not to do them then you may find your progress is slower than your physiotherapist/osteopath originally anticipated.

If you're having difficulty with or pain doing any exercise then you should stop doing the movement and speak to your osteopath before re-commencing.

Payment and Follow-up

After your treatment you will be asked to return to reception where the receptionist will take payment, arrange any receipts necessary and where required make any further appointments. She will also give you an appointment sheet with our telephone number on for easy reference, for you to call if you have any further questions before your next visit.

We are recognised by all of the major health insurance companies and are able to take payment directly from some of them. We also accept credit/debit cards and cheques. Please ensure that you have all your relevant policy information to be able to give to the receptionist in order that your claim can be dealt with swiftly and correctly.

Cancellation Policy

To assist other patients in gaining prompt attention we maintain a cancellation list. Please extend your courtesy to others in need of treatment by offering 24 hours notice of cancellation where possible.