WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A TREATMENT
- The first treatment will involve a consultation where written notes will be made of relevant medical history and an assessment made of what treatment may be necessary, including any appropriate referral to another Practitioner such as a GP or an Osteopath.
- Treatments can be performed anywhere, with the patient in any position, but are generally easier and often more effective on an adjustable plinth in a clinic. It is also generally more effective (but not essential) to work directly through the skin. So the patient will be asked to remove as much clothing as is necessary, and that they are comfortable to remove. Areas of the body not being worked on will remain covered with towels.
- For massage, an unscented hypoallergenic lotion is generally what is used.
- Sports massage is a firm treatment, but should not be any more uncomfortable than the patient can relax with. To this end communication between patient and practitioner is essential to achieve the right level of treatment. The patient should not hesitate to say if they are unhappy with any aspect of the treatment.
- Treatments will also include advice and instruction on stretching, remedial exercises and posture where necessary. Although a considerable improvement may frequently be achieved following the first treatment, it is generally advisable to have two or three or sometimes more treatments to effect a more lasting benefit.
- The more that patients are able to help themselves by doing the stretches and exercises prescribed and through following any advice given to modify their posture or training, then the fewer treatments they should need and the quicker their bodies will return to good function.
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