Great Dunmow Osteopathy Clinic
Angus Hellier BSc (Hons) Ost
The clinic will be open from Monday 18 May, afternoons - please call 01371 875217 to book an appointment, online booking is NOT currently available
Consulting an osteopath is similar to any other clinic or hospital-type appointment. Your osteopath will spend some time asking you questions and listening to you describe your problems or symptoms. Firstly, there will be an enquiry into your general health, followed by an examination of the symptomatic parts of the body and possibly a wider-ranging examination to check the extent of referred pain, for example. Post-examination, the osteopath will be able to tell you what they think is wrong; they will then discuss treatment options with you.
The case history interview:
This will take 10-20 minutes depending on the complexity of your medical history. You can download a questionnaire here to fill in and bring with you. It is not essential to do this in advance, however, as the osteopath will go through everything with you.
Examination and modesty:
Osteopathy relies on the accurate observation and assessment of the whole human frame. As such, depending on the location of the problem, patients are usually asked to undress to their underwear to permit this observation, particularly during the initial assessment visit. We will take care to only ask you to disrobe as far as necessary to permit the treatment to proceed. Some patients bring shorts or their largest underwear to the treatment. As far as possible your osteopath will use towels to cover you up during the treatment. Gowns are also available. If you require a chaperone, we would ask that you either bring someone with you or call in advance so we can ensure that someone is available. It is our priority to make you feel as comfortable as possible. If you feel at all ill at ease with the extent to which you are asked to undress, or any aspect of the treatment or examination, please let us know immediately. We will always respect a request for modesty and will work within your personal space preferences.
Your first visit
The examination will test your active movements with you standing or sitting whilst the osteopath observes to see what movement affects the pain. Osteopaths can spot changes from the normal pattern and differences from one side to the other. All this information helps to tell what is wrong. The osteopath will then probably ask you to sit or lay on the treatment table and to relax your muscles.
We are very used to dealing with people in considerable pain and full account will be take of this during the examination. The osteopath will then use special techniques to move individual joints to test them for pain, range and quality of movement.
Once we have all the information, the osteopath will discuss with you the likely cause of the problem. This may well fall into two parts: the immediate cause of your pain, for example a muscle strain, and also what the osteopath believes may have led to this problem, for example bad posture, work practices. Before treatment can begin, the osteopath must present options for your treatment and discuss all aspects of the treatment with you, including the risks and benefits. You can then choose to have treatment or, if you prefer, to be referred elsewhere or just take some advice on self-management.
Special tests; X-rays and MRI scans:
It is likely that you will need one or more special tests. Often these will be of your nervous system, as nerves are often affected by joint problems. Your reflexes and sensation ability may be checked. Osteopaths use many diagnostic tests similar to your GP; much of the examination will feel very familiar. In some cases it is better to ask for images such as X-rays or scans before or whilst treating you; your osteopath will discuss this with you, however. Only images that help with a clinical decision are used, we do not need to routinely make images of all patients.
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