The first appointment will usually take about an hour, and follow up appointments approximately 45 minutes.
At a first appointment, we gather personal details, a history of the problem and of the person as a whole. For a baby or child this will include details of the pregnancy and birth.
We ask for details of medical history, past accidents, operations, illnesses and dental work so that we have a comprehensive understanding of what has happened.
A typical examination will include a combination of movement, orthopaedic and neurological tests and palpation (gentle touch).
You may be required to undress to your underwear if necessary for examinination or treatment. You can bring suitable clothing to cover yourself with if you wish. We are no longer able to provide privacy gowns or towels or blankets. You are welcome to bring a chaperone with you to be present at your session, but they will need to be screened prior to coming into the clinic (as are patients), and must attend to the COVID risk reduction measures.
Your practitioner will explain your diagnosis in simple terms, and advise you of an appropriate treatment plan. Then with your agreement some treatment is typically done on this first visit.
Treatments can be tiring and you should not expect to participate in vigorous activity for up to 48 hours aftewards. Babies and children may also be unsettled for up to 24 hours.