1. How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on the problem that you come to the clinic with. After your initial consultation the practitioner will discuss their working diagnosis and suggest a treatment plan. This will be continually monitored and discussed at each follow up treatment, reviewing progress and looking at how many further sessions might be needed. It would be reasonable to expect up to three treatments for a more straightforward problem and up to six or more for treatments for a more complex problem.
2. What should I wear for a treatment?
We want you to feel comfortable when we assess and treat you. We may ask for certain pieces of clothing to be removed so that we can assess your posture and movement. At most we would ask you to undress to your underwear. If you feel uncomfortable with this speak to your practitioner. Other options include bringing a pair of shorts or leggings and a vest top that you can change in to.
3. Do I need a referral from my doctor to see an osteopath?
No, most patients refer themselves to an osteopath as we are primary healthcare practitioners. We always encourage patients to inform their doctor of any osteopathic treatment being undertaken and in some cases we may seek a patients permission to communicate with their doctor.
4. If I have concerns who should I speak to?
If there is anything you are unsure of in relation to your treatment or care please give the clinic a call and speak to a practitioner. As a regulated profession if you have a specific complaint about your treatment or care you can contact the General Osteopathic Council (insert web address) who will investigate on your behalf.
5. How do I check if my osteopath is registered?
The General Osteopathic Council holds a register of all osteopaths who are permitted to practice in the UK. This can be found on their website (insert website address).
6. How much will the treatment cost?
An initial consultation taking up to one hour will cost £60 with a follow up treatment lasting up to 30 minutes costing £45. If you have not been to the clinic for more than three years we may need to conduct a new consultation to make sure we are fully up to date with your case history.
7. Can I use my healthcare insurance for osteopathic treatment?
Some health insurance providers will pay for osteopathic treatment up to a specified limit. Speak to the clinic when you book to see if we can offer treatment under your specific provider a terms and conditions vary.
8. Do I need a chaperone?
Anyone under the age of 16 wanting osteopathic assessment and treatment should attend with an adult, due to professional requirements for consent. However, anyone of any age is welcome to bring someone with them to their appointment if they would like to.
9. Will treatment be painful?
Osteopathic treatment can sometimes be uncomfortable, but we try wherever we can to ensure it is not painful. Constant dialogue and feedback is sought during treatment to adjust techniques or stop use of a specific technique as everyone's perception of pain is different.
10. How will I feel after treatment?
This will vary with each person, the presenting complaint and also the types of techniques applied. It is normal for there to be increased soreness for a day or two in some cases, although not everyone will experience this. Your practitioner will discuss with you how you may feel after treatment and any specific guidelines such a use of ice.
11. What is the difference between osteopathy and cranial osteopathy?
12. Can I have osteopathic treatment if I am pregnant?
13. What am I expected to do after treatment?
Often practitioners will give you osteopathy 'homework'. This may include activities to avoid, postural adaptation or exercises to reduce the likelihood of problems recurring. The more diligent you are in adhering to these suggestions the better the expected outcome.
14. What is the difference between an osteopath a chiropractor and a physiotherapist?
Many of the techniques used by these professions are the same, but the philosophy that underpins how they are used is subtly different.
1. How many treatments will I need?