During your initial consultation, the practitioner will take time to get to know you. This will involve a full case history, which will help us understand your past and present complaints, lifestyle, occupation and general health.
After the initial consultation the practitioner will ask you to undress to underwear but if uncomfortable you can wear shorts and a T-shirt, in order to fully examine your posture and the way your body has compensated to deal with pain. If you are uncomfortable with this, you are more than welcome to bring a friend or family member.
The assessment will involve the use of clinical tests which will help us determine the cause of your symptoms and the best approach to treat it. After the examination we will present our findings to you and suggest the most appropriate management plan based on you as an individual.
If it is safe to do so, we will treat accordingly with a variety of manual therapy techniques. This includes stretching and relaxing strained muscles, increasing movement in stiff joints, massage techniques to increase circulation and reduce muscle tension and manipulations. Manipulations are quick movements aimed to increase movement at restricted joints. Treatment will be followed with general advice and after care procedures.
At the end of each consultation the practitioner will explain to you your expected recovery time, which will be entirely dependent on your symptoms, lifestyle and general health.
Unless your symptoms change, follow up appointments will be a lot shorter as we already have most of your information. Therefore follow up appointments consist of a quick review and examination to monitor your progress followed by a treatment and advice.
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