At your first consultation, I will take a detailed medical history, including information about your lifestyle such as your level of physical activity, your work environment and your diet, together with any relevant past medical history.
In order to ensure a long-term rehabilitation program in addressing your condition, I’ll be just as interested in what is causing your pain and the effect it is having on your health.
After discussing and logging your history, I’ll examine how you move through various movement screens. You may be asked to remove some of your clothing (it is helpful if you are able to attend your appointment in gym clothes) and perform a series of simple movements. Your mobility will be assessed by observing your range of movement and carrying out specific strength and special tests.
After diagnosing the cause of your condition I will propose a treatment program which may consist of one or more of the following techniques:
- Postural assessment, correction and advice
- Soft tissue techniques (massage)
- Medical acupuncture
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Functional and rehabilitative exercises
You will also be given exercises to do at home and, in some cases, advice as to how to minimise any negative impact of your lifestyle on your condition. This homework is the most crucial part of your treatment and should not be ignored. Through exercise rehabilitation, we are seeking to promote your body’s ability to self-heal and the exercises are an important part of this process.
The initial assessment and treatment will last around an hour.