Case History

First we will spend time discussing why you are here and your medical history and lifestyle. This includes knowing about any medication you take and any test results you have like x-rays.  You are welcome to bring a family member or friend with you.

Examination

An examination is carried out to reach a diagnosis prior to treatment.  Osteopathy seeks to find the cause of your problem and so takes into account the whole body.  To see the influence of your overall posture,  I will often need to see you undressed to your underwear.  (This is usual practice)  If you are not comfortable with this please tell me.  Some people like to wear shorts and a vest.  If you wish me to leave the room while you undress please let me know.

I will ask you to do some simple movements, such as a forward bend.  I will also feel the soft tissue such as your back muscles.  I may do some orthopaedic testing of your joints and any relevant clinical examination such as reflexes or blood pressure.

Treatment

During your appointment you are always welcome to ask questions,  I will be very happy to answer them.

I use my hands to treat and the techniques I do consist of soft tissue work (massage) which stretches the tissues, relaxing them and improving the blood flow.  Articulation of the joints, which aids restoration of their normal range of movement and nourishes the cartilage.  I also do gentle techniques such as balancing of the ligaments and cranial osteopathy (please see separate page).

The treatment techniques I use will be chosen specifically to fit your problem and body type.  For example two different patients with knee pain may receive two totally different treatments.

After Your Treatment

It is usual, after osteopathic treatment, to feel a little more sore for a couple of days, before you feel the benefit of treatment.   This is the same reaction in your muscles as if you have exercised.  Many people do immediately feel the improvement in their flexibility.

Cranial treatment is generally relaxing so people often feel tired the same or following day.  Please tell me if you have an important event the next day and take care driving home after your appointment.

Sometimes symptoms can move around as one area of the body is released and another is placed under new strain.

If you ever have any serious concerns about any symptoms between appointments please contact me. Thankfully these occasions are rare.

“I have no hesitation in recommending Louise.  I have received treatments from her over a number of years and always found them most professional, sympathetic and extremely effective.”

Justine

Professional Musician

“I have no hesitation in recommending Louise.  I have received treatments from her over a number of years and always found them most professional, sympathetic and extremely effective.”

Justine

Professional Musician