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What Should I wear for my first appointment with Hugh Ruxton, Osteopath?

Firstly, it is important that you feel comfortable and relaxed. If you would feel more at ease with a friend or relative to act as a chaperone, then please invite them along. It is easier to perform a thorough assessment and treatment if you are wearing loose clothing such as something you might wear to a gym session.

I am concerned that I will be told to keep coming back for treatment with the Osteopath?

I understand that many patients have this fear. At my clinic I like to get people better and give patients as much control over their symptoms as possible. I will teach you strategies to cope with the immediate pain, and as your recovery progresses, how to stabilise and strengthen the injured area. You are always in control of how many visits you have. I am aware that not everyone can afford to come as often as they may like and try to give as much 'homework' as possible to reduce the number of visits.

Will treatment hurt?

In my opinion treatment should not be painful. Occasionally you may suffer some soreness after treatment but this should be mild and short-lived. I would encourage you to discuss any treatment soreness at your next appointment. Treatment should be safe and effective and any risks of aggravating you condition should be discussed. For example, if you are travelling on holiday the next day, it is important to discuss this.

Do I need to tell my doctor that i am receiving treatment from an Osteopath?

To make an appointment you only need to pick up the phone and call us. You do not need a referral from your doctor, although I do get many referrals from local GPs. In this case, I would normally write to your GP if you wish to keep them up-to-date with the progress of your treatment and, of course, I am happy for you to talk to your GP if you have any concerns about treatment.

Why do Osteopaths manipulate?

I use manipulation as part of a range of methods to try and re-establish normal joint mobility. It is not appropriate for everyone but it can be a quick and effective technique. It should never be a violent or frightening experience and I always discuss other options before choosing such techniques.