We’ve listed below some of the answers to frequently asked questions about the treatment we provide. If you can’t find the answers or information you’re looking for on this page, just contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
What happens at my first visit?
On your first visit to the clinic we will take a full medical history of past illness and accidents etc. We will then concentrate on taking the history of your current problem. This will be followed by a physical examination, including active movements, and once we have determined an accurate diagnosis we will begin treatment.
How long does it take?
We allow 40 minutes for the first visit and then 40 minutes for all subsequent treatments. This is well above the average for most osteopaths and we feel this time allows us to give a very thorough and therefore safe treatment.
Is osteopathy safe?
Osteopathy was the first complementary healthcare profession to be awarded statutory regulation by the government. It has been proven to be remarkably safe, relying on relaxed movements, mobilisation and manipulation of joints along with soft tissue massage.
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on the individual and the type of problem that exists. In general though, the longer you have been suffering with the problem the longer it will take to recover. We will hopefully be able to advise you on a likely recovery time once we have completed the consultation and first treatment. In most cases we will be giving exercises to do at home in-between treatments; a patient committed to their exercise regime will usually recovery more quickly than a patient who is not.
Is the treatment painful?
No, the treatment isn’t painful when performed by our qualified and registered professionals. However if your problem has been become chronic due to leaving it untreated for a while, you may experience some post-treatment soreness for up to 24 hours. This is while the body is adapting to its new position or relaxed state. But don’t worry – we’ll explain how to keep symptoms to a minimum.
What training has a registered osteopath undertaken?
All our osteopaths have undertaken a full time honors degree in osteopathic medicine. We are also all registered with the General Osteopathic Council.
Do I need to consult my GP first?
There is no need to consult your GP before visiting us. We may however write to your GP in some cases, but we will always ask your permission first before consulting anybody. At present osteopaths don’t have the authority to prescribe medication but we can issue off-work certificates if necessary.
Can I have osteopathic treatment during pregnancy?
Yes, it is in fact a specialism of the clinic. Cranial osteopathy is especially suited before, during and after pregnancy.
Is osteopathy suitable for children and infants?
Yes, again this is a specialism of the clinic thanks to our highly qualified cranial osteopaths. We regularly treat babies and children effectively. We are able to treat newborns to the elderly.
Can osteopathy help improve my sports performance?
Yes. Osteopathy is designed to improve the mechanics of the body therefore optimizing its flexibility and strength. We will be able to tailor treatment for your particular sport or activity.
Do you have disabled access?
Yes, our purpose built clinic has full disabled access. We have one step into the clinic but we have a ramp available for wheelchairs.
Am I covered by my health insurance for osteopathic treatment?
Yes, some of our osteopaths are covered by all major insurance companies including BUPA and AXA PPP.