Your First Visit

What to expect on your first visit

Michelle will spend time at the initial visit taking a detailed case history. This will involve asking questions about your current symptoms, and also about your general medical history. You will usually be asked to undress to your underwear (if you are comfortable with that) in order for Michelle to carry out a thorough examination. Michelle will look at, and gently assess the condition of your muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, paying particular attention to your posture.

This will allow a full diagnosis to be made, Michelle will then explain the problem and together you can agree a treatment plan. Usually between 2 and 6 sessions is enough for most problems.

Treatment is then started during your first session and is usually gentle and rarely causes pain or discomfort.

This can include a range of stretching, massage, mobilizing and manipulative techniques designed to help restore normal function and to facilitate the body’s own healing process. If necessary you will be advised on how to prevent the problem recurring.

I have visited Michelle’s practice several times over the last two years for treatment of chronic upper back pain. Each session has provided much needed relief, through various types of manipulation and combined with manageable exercises has helped to control an ongoing problem. I have always found her to be warm, supportive & professional, with a great degree of empathy and sensitivity and have passed her details on to friends with similar health issues”, P. Smith, Macclesfield


Frequently asked questions

Does treatment hurt?

Osteopathic treatment is not usually painful, though the nature of some conditions is such that some discomfort may be induced. Many techniques are extremely gentle. In devising a treatment plan, Michelle will take into account the nature of the symptoms and also the patient’s concerns, and will not perform a technique on a patient unless the patient is happy for her to proceed.

What can you treat?

Michelle can help patients with a variety of conditions such as:
Low back pain, neck pain, headaches, joint pain (such as shoulder or knee problems), repetitive strain injuries, arthritic conditions and sports injuries.
 Michelle can help treat women throughout their pregnancies to help relieve the symptoms induced by altered posture and weight bearing.
Osteopathy can help provide relief for the body’s structural, mechanical and functional problems in people of all ages helping to relieve patients from different types of pain. Here are just a few examples:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Pregnancy Related Symptoms
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sciatica
  • RSI
  • Tendonitis
  • Stress Related Conditions

Giving a list of conditions that Michelle treats can sometimes give a false picture. She treats people, not conditions and is able to help in many ways when a person’s function is affected by their structure, however that manifests. Osteopathy can help people of all ages recover from all types of pain including those suffered as a result of sports injuries and even women suffering from pregnancy related symptoms.

I received treatment for severe lower back pain during my first pregnancy, together with advice on how to reduce the pain. Two sessions and one week later the pain had virtually disappeared, and I have been able to use the techniques in my second pregnancy which has prevented a recurrence of the same problem. Michelle is very thorough and professional and I would not hesitate to return for further treatment if necessary.” Mrs E Fielder

How many Treatments will I need?

This depends on a whole host of factors such as the nature of your problem, your lifestyle, your age and how long you have had your condition. An average number of visits is between three and six.

Do I need to be referred by my doctor?

It is not necessary to be referred by your GP as you can make an appointment direct with an osteopath. If you have any concerns, however, you might like to see your GP first. If Michelle feels it is necessary for you to see your GP, she will let you know and with your permission may contact them too, to let them have details of examination findings or to request further information.

Is osteopathy regulated?

The osteopathy profession, in the UK is governed by The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Since 2000, law has protected the title “osteopath”. Only practitioners meeting the GOsC’s high standards of competence and safety are eligible to join the register.

Other questions?

If you have any other questions then please call Michelle at her consulting room in Macclesfield on 01625 425045 Monday – Friday between 9.00am and 8.00pm, Saturday 9.00am to 1.00pm