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What to expect on your first visit for Osteopathy or Acupuncture?

On your first visit you will be asked for a detailed case history. This will include information about your symptoms and medical background to enable a full picture of your health to be obtained. The information you provide will be confidential. Next, the Osteopath will examine you properly and ask you to make simple movements and stretches to observe your posture and mobility. Because of the body’s structure, pain or stiffness you are experiencing in one part may be linked to a problem elsewhere. The Osteopath may then examine the health of the joints, tissues and ligaments using his hands and a highly developed sense of touch called palpation. The Osteopath will then give you a clear explanation of what he finds (his diagnosis) and discuss a suitable treatment plan. He will explain the benefits and risks of what he is recommending and the likely number of sessions needed for a noticeable improvement in how you feel.

Osteopathic treatment is hands-on and involves skilled manipulation of the spine and joints and massage of soft tissues. Acupuncture treatment involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body. The Osteopath will explain what he is doing and will ask your permission to treat you. Ask questions at any time if you are unsure of what you have been told or have any concerns.

Because of the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore in the first 24 to 48 hours after treatment. The Osteopath will explain any likely reactions that you could expect. If you have any concerns it is important to contact the Osteopath and ask for advice.


How long should I allow for an appointment for Osteopathy or Acupuncture?

A first appointment generally lasts around 45 minutes to an hour. Subsequent appointments are 30 minutes.


Will I need more than one visit?

It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. The Osteopath will agree a treatment plan at your first visit and review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan.


Can I bring a chaperone?

You are very welcome to bring a friend or relative to accompany you and be present throughout your treatment.


Will I have to remove my clothing?

It is likely that the Osteopath will ask you to remove some of your clothing as being able to see the problem area helps to prevent anything being missed. However, undressing is not compulsory and you should tell your Osteopath if you are uncomfortable with removing any items of clothing. You can expect privacy to undress and a towel will be provided if necessary.


Is it possible to have a combination of Osteopathy and Acupuncture?

Kevin Bell is both a qualified Osteopath and Acupuncturist so can provide a combination of treatments where appropriate.


Will my treatment be covered by my private health insurance?

If you have private health insurance it may be possible to claim for your treatment. You will need to ask your insurance company about the available level of cover and whether you need to be referred by your GP or a specialist. We are recognised by most insurance companies.


What do I wear for Pilates?

You should wear comfortable clothing, such as sportswear or leggings and a t-shirt, so it is easy for you to move and for the Pilates teacher to observe your structural movements.


How early should I arrive for my Pilates class?

Your Pilates class starts at the time of your appointment. If you need to change your clothing, you may wish to arrive 5-10 minutes earlier to give you time to change without cutting into your class.