If you are a first-time Patient at Ann Farthing Osteopath, you will need to give us some information about your background, medical history and the nature of your condition. This is so that we can provide the best possible care, tailored to your specific circumstances.
We will have some brief paperwork for you to fill in on your first visit. This paperwork provides us with general information about you and your condition. If you have booked your appointment in advance we can send this questionnaire out to you in the post. Please fill it in as best you are able and I will discuss it with you again during your appointment.
During your first consultation with the Osteopath, you'll discuss any health-related issues and concerns. Please let me know anything that is of concern even if it seems unrelated. It is useful to know of any traumas, accidents, falls, surgery, emotional or mental stresses as they can all have an impact on how the body heals itself.
In order to pinpoint your problem, the Osteopath will ask you a number of questions related to your condition. This is then followed by a thorough examination. This may envolve observing the posture, testing ranges of movement in joints, standard diagnostic procedures and a detailed palpatory examination.
If your condition requires X-rays, M R I scans or blood tests I will discuss this with you and either refer you back via your G.P or the equivalent private consultant.
Once the examination is complete, patients will generally have their first treatment during this same visit. Often I will treat and examine at the same time .i.e some time I need to do soft-tissue massage to release muscle tension so that I can palpate the underlying joint. I will talk you though this but please feel free to ask if you are unsure or want to understand more about what I am doing.
Before leaving, you may be given instructions on certain activities or procedures to be carried out at home. This may include ice or heat applications, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises.
Most conditions will require more than one treatment. We arrange our treatments around your schedule. Generally speaking, patients are seen again between 5 to 7 days after the first treatment to ensure that healing is progressing. If you have any concerns inbetween appointment please phone the practice. It is normal to feel the effects of treatment and to ache a little for the first 24 to 48 hrs after treatment.
It is easier to see how long the treatment process will be after this second visit and a more accurate prognosis can be given .
Ann Farthing Osteopath
28 Ludlow Drive
Whitley Bay Osteopathic Centre
65 Whitley Road
Call us on: 0191 289 5102
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