Osteopathy is considered an essential service and will be able to remain open for now.
For face to face appointments, this is what I am doing to ensure that the clinic continues to be a low-risk place to visit:
- Cancelling appointments if I don't feel 100% or have any cold-like symptoms
- Using minimal linen (you are welcome to bring in your own towel to lie on)
- Wiping down the treatment table with a natural soap and water cleaning spray before each patient (Abode lime spritz)
- Using fresh towels and pillowcases for each patient (which we have been doing anyway)
- Using hand sanitiser or washing hands before each patient. We have hand sanitiser here if you would like to do the same
- Asking patients to leave clothes on where possible
- Putting away all toys, magazines and cushions
- Scheduling a 15-minute break between patients to air out the treatment room
- Limiting the number of daily appointments to 6
- No cancellation fee if you are sick or just want to practice social distancing
This is what you can do to help me keep the clinic running:
- Do not come to the clinic if you are feeling unwell, or have been overseas in the 14 days before your appointment
- You must inform me if you have tested positive for Covid-19, or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 AND have come to the clinic in the last 14 days
- Try to come alone where possible (I know this may be hard with children, and that is fine)
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. I was just talking about songs you can do this to, Happy Birthday is one, or a verse of the Lumberjack Song, or the chorus of Neil Diamond's Solitary Man :)
- Avoiding large crowds and unnecessary physical contact
"Osteopathy is Service"
I've been thinking about this recently. How can I best serve my patients and my community? I've decided to remain open because I believe manual medicine can help the body function at its best. People still get aches and pains, regardless of what is going on in the world! In the past, I've found osteopathic treatment really helped me get over colds and flu. (Of course, I sought help when all my symptoms were gone - about 3 weeks from the onset but I was still feeling lousy). I am also developing online/video home office ergonomic assessment for those of you working from home.
If you need a treatment but are currently experiencing financial hardship, please get in touch with me before booking your appointment so that I can work something out for you. I'm always open to a skill-swap!
I want to thank everyone for your continued support and let's continue to help our local small businesses stay in business!