Bill Ferguson, Osteopath in Tenterden, Kent
Your first appointment will be longer than subsequent visits. During your first appointment time will be spent discussing your symptoms, medical history and finding out about you. This may be followed by muscle and joint testing, and/or postural assessment.
Many painful conditions have a postural origin and simply observing how you stand and move is very relevant to how you can be helped. You will be asked to undress to your underwear for standing assessment if you are uncomfortable with this please tell me. Some patients like to wear gym shorts or similar, that is okay. You are welcome to bring a chaperone to any appointment.
The next stage is to bring all the information together and discuss with you what the examination has revealed, suggest reasons for the symptoms and then decide on the best treatment approach.
For postural assessment you will be asked to remove outer layers of clothing. During treatment you will be covered by towels.
You will not normally be asked to remove clothing, except for shoes. Soft loose clothing is best. Support garments should not be worn unless medically necessary. After the initial consultation and discussion you will be invited to lie on your back on the treatment couch on an air mattress. This supports your body weight and allows me to treat with a minimum of pressure. Read about Cranial Osteopathy here
Expect your first appointment to take about one hour. Subsequent visits may be 30 minutes or one hour depending on your response to treatment.
To make an Appointment
Tel: 01580 762754
My answering machine will often take messages if I am treating a patient. The answering machine is checked regularly throughout the day.
Emails are normally checked early morning, lunchtime and during the course of the day and evening.
SMS: Existing patients can send texts to 07833 165342 If you are a new patient who I haven’t seen yet please email or call the landline to say hello before using the text option.