Your first visit

If you have any questions or you aren't sure whether you need an osteopath, then please contact Jayne Murphy on 07816 942977 or
01895 831964

At the first consultation, we will compile a full case history of your symptoms, as well as asking for information about your lifestyle and diet. We may also observe you making some simple movements to help make a diagnosis. Some of the questions might seem irrelevant at the time, but the answers allow us to work out the best approach unique to you, not only to treat your condition, but also to give advice to take away. Informed advice from us could mean you are much less likely to have problems in the future.

You will usually be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined. Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly-developed sense of touch, known as palpation. Palpation is used to diagnose conditions and identify the body's points of weakness or excessive strain.

Osteopathy is a 'package' of care that includes skilled mobilising and manipulative techniques, reinforced by guidance on diet and exercise. We will discuss the most appropriate treatment plan with you, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition quickly and effectively.

You do not need a referral from a GP to make an appointment, although often a GP might recommend an osteopath, or we might recommend that you see a GP. If we think that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will be advised about how to seek further care. With over a thousand hours of clinical training and experience in treating a very wide range of conditions, our skill with diagnostic techniques allows us to identify when a patient needs to be referred back to a GP.

Either way you are in safe hands.

We have included an appointment letter here, which you can open and use as a guide for your first visit.
The letter includes a short checklist and some basic information on what to expect.
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