What should I expect?

On your first visit to our practice a thorough history of your problem and your general medical health will be asked for. For a child this will also include questions regarding pregnancy, birth history and child’s development.

These questions are to help with our diagnosis and treatment. They will also help us to find out whether your symptoms are suitable for treatment and if not the most suitable medical referral for you, with a letter, where necessary.

You will be then examined; this may involve you getting undressed to your underwear. The examination may include parts of you that you are not complaining about as we look at the whole mechanical picture of your complaint. For instance examining your hip, back and foot when you have presented with a knee pain.

We will explain what we believe to be wrong with you and how this may have come about. We will also explain how we can help (if we can) with this problem and offer you some immediate advice.

Providing there is time, we will also provide some treatment on this first appointment.

The initial consultation will take up to 30 minutes.

What should I wear What should I bring?

You may be asked to remove some clothing so that we can examine and treat you thoroughly. If you would like to bring some shorts to wear rather than be in your underwear, please do so. If possible a list of any medication you are taking and any x-ray or MRI reports.

Is a Doctor's referral necessary?

No, you do not have to be referred by your doctor. Occasionally if you are using a private health company to pay for the treatment they will ask you to consult your GP first

Will my health insurance cover the cost?

Most health insurance policies cover osteopathy, but not massage or exercise therapy. If in any doubt, please contact your insurer before attending for your first appointment, as some policies stipulate that you must be referred by your GP

What would happen if I came to see an osteopath with a problem that really required a doctor?

Osteopaths extensive training means that they can spot conditions that may need medical help and can identify conditions, which would make osteopathic treatment inappropriate or unsafe. In circumstances where medical intervention is required, the osteopaths would refer the patient to his or her specialist or GP with a letter, where necessary

How much treatment will I need?

This usually depends on the length of time you have had the problem. The average number of osteopathic treatments patients have is 3.

Your level of health, age and stress all have a bearing on how fast you body will heal and in turn how many treatments you will need

Visits become less often as your spine and body stabilises. But it is important to remember that each visit builds on the one before.

Patients often opt for maintenance osteopathy or massage (or a mix of both), beyond the resolution of their initial problem

Is osteopathy safe?

Yes! That’s because a registered Practitioner delivers it and risk factors are identified before any treatment is given.
Osteopathy has been proven to be remarkably safe, much safer than taking painkillers or surgery.
The Royal College of General Practitioners issued guidelines for GP’s, which recommends manipulation (as performed by osteopaths), for the relief of acute low back pain.
Your osteopath will explain possible risks of treatment and discuss any concerns you may have prior to commencing with treatment.

Does it really work?

YES! Health Which 1997 found that osteopathy is the most widely used discipline in complementary therapy. Osteopathy achieved an amazing 96% overall satisfaction whilst 92% of patients felt osteopathy had improved their condition. Our patients are our best evidence. Ask someone who has seen an osteopath.

Am I to old for osteopathic care?

More and more people are consulting osteopaths in their later years. With concerns about over medications and side effects of drugs, safe natural osteopathic care is growing in popularity. Many people are told to put up with their pain due to their age. Good news you don’t have too! Restoring better body and spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality and endurance. As we get older and wiser the simplicity and effectiveness of osteopathy becomes more and more obvious.

What training do osteopaths get?

Today’s osteopaths are well educated. They undertake an intense 4 - 5 year full time degree course with specific emphases on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, X- rays, spinal adjusting and soft tissues techniques, not to mention the 1,500 clinical experiences under the guide of qualified osteopaths. This demanding curriculum prepares osteopaths to locate the disorders in the body and spinal misalignments.

To graduate with an honours degree, each candidate passes a demanding Examination. Then osteopaths apply to a governmental or professional licensing board before being granted the privilege to practice. Due to the osteopath Act 1993 it is now illegal for someone to call themselves an osteopath unless they have undergone training at an approved school, so you now have the same safeguards as when you visit a doctor or dentist. Osteopathic education never ends, many complete post graduate training.

Should I expect any reactions following treatment?

You may feel some soreness following treatment, especially if you have not had treatment before. This may last up to 48 hours. If your symptoms become increasingly worse or you are concerned about your symptoms, please contact us.

What should I do after treatment?

Treatment relaxes your muscles and loosens your joints so it is not advisable to do anything strenuous for roughly 24 hours post-treatment. Excessive housework, gardening, carrying, heavy lifting, sport or shopping would be examples of strenuous activity. If your job involves prolonged sitting, then it is important that you get up and walk around for a few minutes every 20-30 minutes.

Many people have unrealistic expectations and think they can carry on as normal. Give your body a chance to heal – listen to the instructions given by your osteopath