Respecting you – Your modesty matters.
It is important that you feel comfortable during your osteopathic treatment, particularly around matters of modesty and privacy.
At the start of your first session we will ask questions about your medical history and lifestyle as well as your symptoms. This is very important as it will help us to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment.
This information is kept confidential in conjunction with the Data Protection Act 1998 and GDPR.
We will need to examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, (for example, a difference in leg length may result in compensations in the upper back which might result in neck pain) so we may need to examine areas that affect the problem area also.
We will need to feel for tightness in the muscles and stiffness in the joints and may need to touch these areas to identify problems. We will explain this as we go along, but not without your consent, if you are uncomfortable with any part of this then let us know, we can discuss this with you or stop if you prefer.
As with a visit to a GP or other medical professional, for us to examine you effectively it may be necessary to ask you to remove some clothing as appropriate for the condition.
This may mean undressing to underwear in order to fully assess and see how you are moving and gain a fuller picture of your problem.
Your modesty is paramount to us, therefore should you be uncomfortable we can provide paper gowns and a private curtained area to allow privacy.
You are welcome to bring along a friend/colleague/partner with you for all or part of your consultation. Under 16’s should always be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Remember, if you have any questions we will be happy to discuss this with you.