Initial Assessments are 45 minute appointments, unless an extended session is requested. All new clients are required to have a full assessment session before commencing treatment. An assessment is also required for existing clients who are presenting with new injuries.
During your assessment, a detailed history will be taken from you, finding out about your current issue and also past medical history. It is useful if you can bring any relevant paperwork with you to the session (such as scan reports/ letters etc). We also like to find out what your goals are – what you would like to get back to doing – whether that is gardening, or high level sports.
Following that, we carry out a full assessment which includes looking at posture, muscle length and strength, joint movement and control. We then formulate a treatment plan with you to help you to recover and reach your goals.
We try to whenever possible perform some treatment within the assessment session. Although this is not always possible with more complicated issues. We firmly believe in assessing things fully as, ultimately, this leads to better outcomes as treatment is more appropriately targeted. We will always give you advice and often some things to work on at home – such as postural changes and exercises.
(Be aware that it may be necessary for you to undress for appointments to your underwear / vest and shorts – depending on where your problem is.)