What to Expect During your Osteopathic Appointment
On your first visit to the How Osteopathic Clinic Edinburgh, your osteopath Helen How will begin by taking your full medical history. This will include questions about your diet, lifestyle, any medical problems or health issues may have or have had in the past as well as questions relating to your current symptoms, areas of pain and/or stiffness or mobility issues. All of the information you give is in the strictest confidence so do give as much detail as you are able to. If it is possible you will fill some of your case history details Taking your Case History is time-consuming and maintaining case notes is part of the Osteopathic Practice Standards so your first visit will not have as much time as you would like to shared decision treatment options.
Please if you have a Shoulder Pain please listen to this link by Professor Jeremy Lewis on the pitfalls of assessment, diagnostic for shoulder pain including imaging, surgery or not surgery as there are so many different pain structures in a shoulder
Helen will then carry out an osteopathic examination which will enable her to assess your condition or problem. You may be asked to undress to your underwear while the examination is carried out (towels are provided). Once the examination is complete Helen for shared valid consent all healthcare professionals know how to provide information, contraindications, risks, and benefits. This process can take up to 15 minutes so the actual treatment time varies between 30 to 40 minutes depending case history discussion changing, and dressing again.
After your examination, which can take 10 minutes the treatment time is limited due to shared valid informed consent and GDPR The type of osteopathic techniques always includes exercises and rehabilitation. Helen uses Physitrack to provide you the education, outcomes data, and peer-reviewed video clip exercises as part of your treatment which varies depending upon your problem but may include Traditional Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Vibrotherapy, Exercise Rehabilitation, and Deep Muscle Massage.
There has been much-increased requests for Shockwave Therapy as an adjunct to home exercise programs for your condition. There are two types of Shockwave Therapy Focus and or Radial Shockwave Therapy Helen is delighted to have Focus Shockwave Therapy by Storz Medical in Scotland Helen was over visiting Storz Medical Switzerland with her other colleagues and physiotherapists in June 2018 The reason for the increasing interest in shockwave therapy is the emerging evidence base that Corticosteriodal Injections cause weakness in the soft tissues including tendons As tendons can deteriorate as with the aging the use of Corticosteriodal Injections as a pain relief has been reconsidered as potentially weakening the soft tissues
Please note that an Osteopath must have signed consent with your shared decision with the patient to your General Practitioner
As Helen attended many courses and has excellent video clips and course notes and video clips which provides a wealth of knowledge and information. Helen cannot go through all the video clips and wealth of courses and lecture information in one appointment It takes more than one appointment So Helen must keep to one hour for each person