My clinic is run from a downstairs room in my house. First appointments take up to an hour, follow up appointments approximately 45 minutes.
At a first appointment I take a detailed history of the problem and the person as a whole. This usually takes about 15 minutes. For a baby or child this will include details of the pregnancy and birth as this often includes useful clues as to how to help them recover. For everyone it includes details of medical history, past accidents, operations, illnesses and dental work so that I can have a comprehensive understanding of what has happened to you (or your child) before I examine.
When I examine I typically use a combination of movement, orthopaedic and neurological tests according to the problem. I may require you to undress to your underwear if this is necessary to examine or treat you/your child, and you are welcome to bring suitable clothing with you (eg shorts, leggings) if you would like. Osteopathic examination is usually by palpating (touching gently) in order to better understand the stresses and strains the body is carrying.
Note that treatment can be tiring and you should not expect to do vigorous exercise for 48 hours afterwards. Babies and children may occassionally be a little unsettled for up to 24 hours.
At the end of the first treatment I will tell you what to expect and how many treatments may be necessary. I will also discuss with you any changes in lifestyle, diet or exercises that may be beneficial.