The Good Health Practice
Terms and Conditions
As it is both impossible and unreasonable to issue each new patient with a letter before treatment, as we run an on demand service, all patients please read and agree to the practice terms and conditions before treatment can proceed.
You are asked to read the following and sign the bottom of the new history to confirm you (the patient) agree to these conditions and are bound to them during all contact with practioners at the Good Health Practice. (Copies can be provided).
On the first visit the osteopath will take a detailed case history including a full medical history. Then, depending on the location of the problem the osteopath will usually want to make a full examination of the spine or the region where there is pain.
This may involve undressing to your underwear or you can wear shorts or a tracksuit if you prefer. The osteopath will always need to look at the problem area. Osteopathy is a holistic therapy and as such you may be required to move clothing away from the source of pain in order to make an accurate diagnosis.
You are welcome to bring a friend or relative with you into the treatment room if it makes you feel more comfortable. Please note that the case history taking and examination will take up most of the time on the first visit.
At the end of the first examination a detailed explanation of the diagnosis and proposed treatment will be given to you. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions about anything that you do not understand about the proposed treatment.
During any treatment you can ask the practitioner to stop if you don’t understand what is happening or need further clarification as to a particular technique.
Due to new GosC regulation we as osteopaths are now obliged to give each patient a risk assessment.
This is to consist of an explanation to you the patient of all risks associated with osteopathic treatment no matter how remote or unlikely.
This means in practice we are obliged to tell you that there is always a risk, all be it very rare, of permanent disability even leading to death from such conditions as stroke or paralysis.
This has never occurred in this practice but this is possible, theoretically, so we are obliged to warn you the patient.
The chances of this happening after manipulation of the neck is approx one in half a million, even less for the lower back which is approx one in a million.
Temporary disability i.e stretching from weeks to months from trapped nerves or increase in symptoms is also very small amounting to approx one percent or less.
On the short term you may have some stiffness, soreness or pain after therapy but this is usually as a healthy response of the tissues responding to treatment.
At The Good Health Practice over 33 years we have never experienced any long term disability or deaths resulting from manipulation. We also have an excellent record concerning medium term risks.
At the time of each unique new treatment we will explain risks and treatment outcomes.
If you, the patient, consent to the proposed treatment we will note on the history either of the following.
For Mr Robin Woodleigh D.O. the notation is as follows,
This means the patient is aware of the risks associated with manipulation permanent, temporary or short term, also the contents of form TCO2, understands and accepts verbally and written.
For Mr Michael J Woodleigh BSc Hons Osteopathy the notation is as follows,
This means patient has been given the risks these are accepted and permission to treat and high velocity thrust where appropriate.