Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?
Please bring any details of medications or supplements you are taking and if you have had any recent scans and if available, also bring the reports and/or discs. A full case history will be taken so any information you can provide is very useful.
Do I need to undress?
Diagnosis and treatment involves observation, palpatation and neurological/orthopedic tests. To help facilitate this you will be asked to undress to a level that is relevant to your complaint. Please feel free to bring shorts and crop tops/t-shirts to change into, should you prefer this to being examined in your underwear. Your privacy will be respected always.
How often will I need to be seen?
Most patients need between 3-6 treatment sessions. The first 2-4 sessions are normally close together over the first 10-12 days, with the intervals increasing to match your progress. All patients respond differently and your Practitioner will discuss your treatment plan, your prognosis, and expectations for recovery with you. In some cases when dealing with old injuries and or/structural changes, we may recommend maintenance style treatments at regular intervals on a longer term basis. This will help to maintain the function and keep symptoms at bay as far as possible.
We don't like to offer home visits, this is purely based on the cost to our patients, home visits are charged at the same rate as standard consultation so if we are out of the clinic for 1.5 hours you will be charged three appointment costs. This is more expensive and we have found that with some advice over the phone, most if not all patients are able to get to us within 24 hours of contact, which saves them money and is ussually of more benefit to them.
What's the difference between an Air Specialist Osteo, Physio, and other practicioners?
Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Sport therapy and Chiropractic's all provide a similar service and treat the same sort of musculoskeletal conditions. They all however have different underlying philosophies. There is both considerable overlap and variation between the working styles of these disciplines.
Traditionally an Osteopathic treatment comprimises soft tissue work, stretches, movements of the joints and manipulations (causing the pops and crunches).
Physiotherapy treatment tends to be more based around exercise therapy. However, many physios with an interest in musculoskeletal medicine will also have studied manipulative tecnhiques.
Treatments with a chiropractor tend to be comprised mainly of spinal adjustments.
The distinction is not clear as many different practitioners have supskilled in diverse ways, some Osteos may use ultrasound and a chiropractor or physio may perform massage works.
AIR specialists are different because al our practicioners are skilled in:
- Soft tissue manipulation
- Spinal adjustments
- Peripheral adjustments
- Prescriptive exercises
- Strength and reconditioning
- Medical acupuncture
- Advanced rehabilitation
We think our practicioners are the best, whether it's Osteopath or Physiotherpist. We put this down to the investment we put into all our practicioners personal and professional development.
We only accept the best and think you should do the same.
The most important thing is that you feel comfortable with them, are listened to, and cared for.