What will happen in my first appointment?
If you’re attending your first appointment, the therapist will check the information you’ve provided on your registration form.
In order for treatment to be effective, an accurate diagnosis must be established prior to treatment
You’ll initially be asked a series of questions designed to establish when and how your pain arose and the exact nature of your symptoms, including positions and activities that aggravate or ease the problem.
After checking through any other medical problems, medication you’re taking and interference with your daily activities, the physical assessment will begin.
The physical assessment will include a series of movements and special tests designed to provoke your pain in a controlled manner.
By reproducing the discomfort it’s possible to identify which structure is responsible for the problem.
The therapist will explain the diagnosis reached, along with a recommended course of treatment.
If there’s sufficient time left in the first treatment session, the therapist will administer the treatment, followed by the exercises you must follow at home between sessions.
What will happen in my follow up appointment?
As your diagnosis has already been established, the therapist will quickly retest some of the painful movements/positions to gauge your improvement, before jumping straight into another treatment.
What is a home exercise programme?
A home exercise programme is generally a set of postural exercises, stretches and strengthening to work on the area affected by your condition.
We also include some mind based exercises to accelerate the healing process.
New exercises will be introduced to ensure further progress.
The home exercise programme is vital to getting rid of your pain.
Like any lifestyle changes, it can be challenging at first, but you must commit to the process for ultimate success.
Performing exercises are much like brushing your teeth; they’re used as a prevention against further intensive treatment being required in the future.
How do I book a follow up?
At the end of each session, the therapist will book you in for a follow up.
As clinic slots are limited, it’s common to book two or three sessions in advance to ensure you get a time that suits you.
How many sessions will I need?
That very much depends on your condition and how long it’s been present.
Chronic conditions that have been present for a long time generally take longer to heal and require more treatment.
It also depends on your commitment to the treatment process.
If you’re engaged in the recovery process and implement all the necessary lifestyle changes, along with performing your rehabilitation consistently, you can expect a quicker recovery.
However, most conditions will require at least 4-6 treatment sessions, which can increase for more persistent complaints.
How frequent will my treatment sessions be?
As for the frequency of sessions, treatment is more effective if the sessions are condensed.
We handpick patients who are committed to their recovery, and this is the most popular approach.
For best results we recommend at least two treatments per week initially.
As your condition improves the sessions may be tapered to allow you to work on your home exercise programme with more time between each check up.
What should I wear to my treatment?
You should wear loose, comfortable clothing. Often shorts and a sports top allow for effective treatment.
Please arrive a little early if you have to change (you may change in the bathroom if you wish), as this will allow more time for treatment.
How long will the sessions last?
Please allow at least 30 minutes for each treatment session.
What if I need to cancel/re-arrange a session?
If you need to change any of your follow up appointments, please contact us as soon as possible.
Sessions are limited and this allows other patients to access that appointment time.
If you’re unable to attend an appointment and you fail to cancel within 24 hrs, you may be charged the full amount for the session.
I can’t get through to the clinic number. What should I do?
At busy times the clinic number may not be answered.
Please leave a message (they are all checked), and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.