You will be greeted by the therapist or reception staff and asked to fill in a simple form (unless you have brought this form with you already completed).
The therapist will take a full and thorough history including any relevant medical history. We will ask lots of questions about the problem including how it started, how your condition progressed, where you feel your pain/symptoms along with what aggravates and eases them.
We will then fully examine the area which for neck or shoulder problems will require you to undress to your waist and for hip or back problems will require you to undress to your underwear. This allows us to take a close look at the area involved and we will of course do our best to maintain your modesty at all times. We will then perform a series of movements and tests followed by the therapist using their hands to feel for any tenderness or abnormalities of the area.
We will always endeavour to give you a clear diagnosis and explain this in a way that is easily understood also explaining why we think you are getting the problem. We would encourage you at this time to ask as many questions as you like to fully understand your condition. For most conditions you will receive a printed leaflet of this including the treatment techniques involved and a specific exercise programme .
We will then explain our suggested treatment plan including what techniques we will use and what you can do yourself to help your condition. The first session will usually involve treatment unless the referring party have only authorised you to be assessed or your condition is particularly complicated in which case we may need to spend longer than usual on the examination.