My daughters Lisa and Jennifer have both suffered with headaches and stress related issues, without Richard’s expertise in osteopathy and his ability to treat their backs, necks and heads, thus giving them the release from their reoccurring headaches and pain, their lives would be far from normal.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is recognised by the British Medical Association as a discreet clinical discipline and focuses on correcting mechanical problems/strains in the spine and body. It uses an established system of diagnosis and treatment, placing emphasis on maintenance of normal body structure and function.
Osteopathy can help patients of all ages and degrees of fitness to achieve relief from pain and stiffness, whether recent or longstanding. Most of the techniques are extremely gentle and are always tailored to ensure patient comfort, effectiveness and safety.
What will happen on your first consultation?
The initial consultation will last approximately one hour, allowing your osteopath to take a detailed case history about your current problem/s and any previous complaints/injuries. You will also be asked various questions about your general health both past and present. This may seem irrelevant and time consuming, but it is necessary in order to obtain an accurate assessment of your problem, and the appropriate treatment/management. It also may help to decide if further referral or tests are advisable (such as x‑rays).
What happens during Examination?
You may be asked to remove sufficient clothing to allow effective assessment of the painful area and associated joints. For instance, in a simple wrist strain this may simply mean rolling up your sleeve; however, in a spinal problem accurate assessment may require undressing down to underwear. If this is unacceptable please discuss it with your attending osteopath. Feel free to bring shorts/leggings to change into for the examination.
Examination will consist of carefully assessing joint movement and muscle function. It is important to stress this is both gentle & painless.
Occasionally it may be necessary to recommend further diagnostic tests such as blood tests or X-Rays which may be organized via your G.P. or privately depending on the circumstances.
Following examination your osteopath will be able to explain to you what the most likely cause of your symptoms/problems are and the best strategy for achieving improvement. This may include treatment, specific exercises or general advice. We pride ourselves on allowing plenty of time for you to ask questions if there is anything you are not clear about.
Chaperones are welcome during any consultation and indeed necessary for the under 16’s.
What will treatment consist of ?
Clearly treatment will depend on the diagnosis. The Osteopaths at Cheyham Lodge will use techniques that are both gentle and specific. Treatments will always be tailored to suit the individual. The different approaches will be discussed fully with you before any treatment commences.
How will I feel after treatment?
Most patients will finish a treatment feeling better, although it is common to feel a little sore post treatment for up to 36 hours. This is not too dissimilar to the response that most of us feel the day after a new exercise program.
Sometimes patients feel tired after treatment, while others can feel energised. It is advisable to avoid vigorous activities or heavy lifting after treatment, and to potter around gently rather than being too inactive.
How long will it take to improve?
If the problem is straightforward both diagnostically and technically, most people notice a significant reduction in symptoms in 1 to 4 treatments. Complex or longstanding problems may require longer.
Do I need a GP referral?
Although many patients are referred by their doctors it is not essential. However, if you are intending to claim from medical insurance a GP referral may be required.
Will I need to have any tests/x-rays/scans?
This depends on many factors such as your symptoms, how long you have had the pain and which tests you have had before. It is worth noting that on many occasions following the consultation and examination the diagnosis is relatively straightforward and further tests are not required.
If deemed necessary, MRI scans, x-rays, blood tests etc. can all be arranged privately at very competitive rates. Alternatively some tests can be arranged through the NHS although these often take much longer to organize and requires the co-operation of your general practitioner.
Are you covered by Private health insurance?
We are registered with most medical insurance companies (although we have recently chosen to de-register from BUPA). However you may need a GP referral. There may also be a limit on the amount you can claim. Please check your policy.
All fees are payable at time of consultation and receipts will be provided.