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If you are a new patient treatment times can vary, often lasting between 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the presenting complaint. You will be asked about your presenting problem and questioned regarding this. You will also be asked about your general health and previous medical history. This may seem strange and can often have no relation to your presenting injury however it is all required to give the osteopath a good view of your general health and flag up any contraindications to osteopathic treatment. 

The osteopath will complete an examination including relevant medical tests resulting in a diagnosis, after which the osteopath will discuss treatment. If for any reason the injury or diagnosis given is not suitable for osteopathic treatment you will be advised as such and can be referred to the relevant professional. 

Depending on the injury and the body's response to treatment will determine how many, if any, follow up treatments will be required. A follow up treatment if required usually lasts between 30-45 minutes. 

Depending on your presenting complaint you may well be asked to undress down to your underwear. This is to allow the osteopath to assess your spine or other joints so please wear comfortable suitable clothing for examination and treatment.  If you would rather shorts are often a good compromise. 

Younger Patients.

Any patient 16 or under are required to have a chaperone or parent present at all times during examination and treatment.

New Patients 

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