All you need to know about your Osteopathy appointment at the Rebalance clinic.
What happens during my TPI Specialist Movement Screen for Golfers appointment?
Please see the ‘MOVE! for Golf’ page for comprehensive details of the screening appointment.
What happens during my standard Osteopathy appointment?
During the standard initial consultation – which can be up to one hour, a comprehensive case history of past and present health is taken. This will include any old injuries or other problems and noting any medication you may be taking currently or have taken for periods in the past.
This is followed by a postural and physical assessment usually involving the whole body, as well the specific area of concern. Many musculoskeletal pain problems may actually have their root cause away from the current pain / symptom location.
A proposed management plan of treatment can then be devised and discussed with you. To address both short-term issues, e.g. the painful symptoms; and also longer-term goals such as reducing the likelihood of symptom re-occurrence.
At all stages of the consultation, you will be kept fully informed. Please feel free to ask questions at any point. Always tell us if you are not comfortable with certain forms of osteopathic treatment.
Comfortable clothing is advisable, however some outer clothing may need to be removed in order to facilitate examination and treatment.
Time allowing, most initial consultations include some treatment unless you request otherwise, or treatment is not appropriate before further investigation or referral. We may refer you to your GP, for an X-ray or other clinical investigations, if necessary.
Our treatments are usually gentle and suitable for all ages – though we do not currently treat babies and very young children.
Institute of Osteopathy member Rebecca Wedlake, appeared on Swansea’s Bay TV
to explain Osteopathy, and what to expect at your first appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions …
Do I need a GP referral to see an osteopath?
Referral by a GP is not necessary, most patients tend to ‘self refer’ for treatment. However, patients are encouraged to keep their GP, Physiotherapist and other healthcare practitioners they might see fully informed of any treatments – ensuring all medical records are kept up to date and complete.
Can I use my Business cover or Medical Insurance to pay for my treatment?
YES! We can provide fully itemised invoices on official letterhead paper, so that those clients who wish to reclaim treatment costs from business or other insurance schemes, may do so.
We are also a registered provider with many of the major insurance companies including:
Aviva, AXA/PPP, Cigna, Healix, Simplyhealth, VitalityHealth & WPA.
Before your course of treatment begins, please check the extent of your cover for Osteopathic treatment with your insurance provider – and please obtain an authorisation code (we will also require your policy number).
Do I need to bring anything?
Please bring a detailed list of any current medication. If you have had previous treatment or any investigations, such as scans, for the current or related problems please bring copies of either the reports or the scans themselves (if available).
How many treatments are usually necessary?
This depends on a number of factors, including how long the problem has been there and how bad it is. A handful of treatments may be sufficient for some complaints. Other conditions may require a longer term treatment plan with regular maintenance. Recent injuries should receive initial advice and attention as soon as possible.
What happens after treatment?
We may book you in for a follow-on appointment, as well as give you specific advice and exercises to do, which will enhance and prolong the benefits of treatment.
Patients may be sore for 24-48 hours after a treatment – this is normal.
In certain circumstances, a previous injury or adjacent area that is not functioning / moving very well may also be aggravated. If symptoms do not improve after 24-48 hours or get much worse, please contact us.
What if I have to cancel an Osteopathy appointment?
Please give at least 48 hours (2 working days) notice of a cancellation – we are happy to rebook your appointment where required. If you do not give at least 24 hours notice or fail to attend an appointment a cancellation fee of £25 will be charged.