The First Session
The First Session
The time taken for the first consultation can vary from half an hour to 90 minutes depending on the complexity of your condition and your reason for attending.
Patients in pain with acute problems such as back pain, neck pain and other types of muscular-skeletal problems usually receive treatment at this first visit to make them more comfortable.
In the case of long term, complex and chronic conditions and for patients with breathing disorders, the focus of the first visit is usually on your history and an evaluation, so treatment might not begin until a subsequent visit. This is so that we really understand the root of your problem and can decide on the most effective treatment strategy for you.
Ongoing Treatment and Reassessment
Treatment is tailored to the individual and we do ongoing assessments so that treatment is modified as necessary to achieve the best result. We often integrate and combine different types of treatments. Patients who have not responded to a single therapy may respond to a combination of therapies because different therapies support different aspects of the healing process. For example, massage combined with acupuncture often works better than either therapy used alone. Breathing therapy can work better when massage or Osteopathic treatment are used to improve the function of the diaphragm or other breathing muscles.
The usual number of sessions is between 4 and 10. Most people will see some improvement after the first or second treatment with Osteopathic treatment. Results from breathing therapy are often evident after a couple of weeks of practice.
Your participation and engagement
You may be encouraged to practicing breathing or relaxation techniques during the treatment. You may also be given instructions and support to do exercises at home or to make changes in diet and lifestyle. In most chronic conditions the best results are achieved when your commitment is strong and you actively participate in the treatment process by doing things at home such as exercises, relaxation techniques or eating a more healthy diet.