To all my valued clients and those I am yet to meet,
Due to the current social distancing I am going online!
It is with much sadness that I have decided that due to the Coronavirus situation I must stop seeing patients face-to-face. It has been a very hard decision to make but I know it is the right one. Despite all the hygiene safety measures that I have put in place the close proximity means that some risk remains and I must do my part to help keep the wider community safe.
However, I realise people still need help, people still hurt themselves and that niggly old problem will still crop up from time to time, especially with all the working from home, DIY and gardening that many of us are going to be doing in the coming months! So, from this week I will be offering online consultations instead. Lots of osteopaths already work this way and with 20 years training and experience the hands-on bit of the appointment is only part of what I can offer. By working with me online you will feel empowered to take control of your own health by learning the skills to help yourself.
How will this work?
Via a very simple to use video link (I email you a link and all you have to do is click on it at your appointment time) I can still see you face-to face on a phone, tablet or computer. We can talk through what is happening for you and what you need help with.
I can ask you to describe the problem and even ask you to show me physically with simple tests you can demonstrate in front of the camera. If needed we can adapt this to a telephone consultation, for some cases this will be adequate.
I will be able to give you advice-how to manage your pain better, exercises you can do, how to use self-massage and trigger point work to relieve the stiffness or pain, how to use sports/kinesio tape on yourself, or advise you when you really need to seek other medical help and point you in the right direction. I can even teach another member of your household how to help you!
You can be confident of following any of this self-care advice properly because I will support this by emailing you with video and written descriptions and your appointment will include a free follow up phone call to check on progress and so you can ask any questions that arise.
These online appointments are available to book on my website as usual or you can contact me directly by email or phone. If you have any questions about how this will work or whether it’s suitable for your specific problem please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Please speak to me if you have lost your job or are self-employed with no income and I’ll see how I can help you.
Best wishes to you and your family,