A detailed case history will be taken, which includes information about your current symptoms, medical history and state of health. An examination will then be carried out, for this you may have to remove some of your clothes and make a series of simple movements.
Your patient comfort is our primary concern, so all our osteopaths will make sure that you are happy to remove some clothing before asking you to do this. We rarely ask patients to undress down to their underwear and only in cases where you are completely happy to do this, and your examination absolutely requires it.
Using a highly developed sense of touch (palpation) and a variety of orthopaedic and neurological screening methods, the osteopath will aim to identify any areas of strain, weakness, damage or imbalance.
Osteopathy recognises the need for diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment. Therefore in certain cases, extra tests such as X-rays, MRI scans and blood tests may be required. These can usually be organised either via your GP or privately as required.
Using all of the information gained a treatment plan is devised and, if appropriate, osteopathic treatment applied to suit the individual needs of the patient.
In the event that osteopathic treatment is not deemed to be appropriate, the osteopath will always advise on an alternative approach and will guide the patient on accessing that support.
Charles Read is pleased to treat patients who suffer from a chronic condition. He responds with tenacity, creativity and patience to the challenges such patients present. I am just so grateful to the person who recommended him to me.