The initial consultation is an important part of the treatment process. It involves a thorough case history assessment in which many questions about your current complaint and past and current medical health and well-being will be asked. A physical assessment follows this, whereby an examination of the areas of the body which are believed to be the cause of your problem will be conducted. In addition to the abdomen, this may also include other areas of the body which are potentially also contributing to the issue.
If appropriate treatment may involve some of, but not limited to, the following techniques: visceral manipulation and abdominal massage, soft tissue massage and release, joint mobilisations, stretching techniques, oscillations, relaxation and breathing and lifestyle and exercise advice.
It is important to note that on some occasion’s treatment may not be suitable or additional tests may be required to ensure the best and safest treatment option is given to you. This is another reason a thorough case history is important. In this case, you will be referred to your GP.
Follow-up appointments always involve the continual assessment of how treatment is helping you and if not alternative methods or techniques are considered. Sometimes however you may need to be referred to your GP for further investigations or to another recommended practitioner if this is deemed appropriate.
Treatments will involve assessment of the abdomen and often other areas of the body that may be a source of your problem. This may on occasion mean dressing down to your underclothes. It is understood this isn’t always a comfortable process and you may be assured that modesty will always be preserved. Shorts, leggings and vest tops are appropriate and are also comfortable to wear during treatment also if you want to bring some along. If you feel uncomfortable at any moment please always let your practitioner know.
Some discomfort may be experienced during assessment and treatments, but the aim is to keep this to a minimum.
On some occasions you may experience some soreness or an exacerbation of symptoms within 48 hours of treatment (this is often called a ‘treatment reaction’) though this is not always case. If you have any concerns please contact your practitioner.
If you are feeling unwell before your appointment it is always best to reschedule your appointment and see your GP instead. For more info on Covid-19 related protocol read here.
It is also advised that if you have ongoing issues that are not resolving that you should see your GP so they may perform any investigations and if necessary refer you to a specialist.
Please note that you are always welcome to bring a friend or relative with you to your appointments.
Please be assured that your confidentiality is of the highest priorities.
Cancellation Policy: It is kindly asked that you please give 24 hours' notice when cancelling an appointment so the appointment so that it may be offered to someone else. Cancellation within less than 24 hours' may incur the full fee.