Frequently Asked Questions
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy removes tensions affecting body function it helps with a very wide range of problems. Whilst most patients consult osteopaths with neck or back pain we can also help with many other problems including headaches, restricted movements, pain or discomfort anywhere in the body, repetitive strain injuries, sports injuries, shooting pains, referred pains and tingling sensations to name a few
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on the problem and its severity. Your rate of recovery will also depend upon several other factors including your age, general health, sensitivity to treatment and activities in your life. Some patients feel that they benefit from visits on an occasional basis. You will be given a prognosis of number of treatments on your first visit.
Am I too old/young?
No, osteopathy can treat people of any age. We are trained to adapt our treatment to the individual, from newborn babies to people in their 90’s.
Are there any side effects to the treatment?
These are generally rare although you may experience some tiredness or soreness after the treatment that should subside within a day or two. After treatment most patients feel substantially better.
Does Osteopathic treatment hurt?
No; treatment itself in skilled hands should be painless. If your muscles are very inflamed or you are in acute pain we try to make handling you as gentle as possible. We are usually able to relieve acute pain quite quickly.
Do you issue off-work certificates (sick notes)?
Yes we do. Where appropriate, we issue Off Work Certificates as provided by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). These are accepted by employers and the DSS for benefit purposes.
Will my private medical insurance cover the treatment cost?
Most medical insurance companies do, however you must check the small print and obtain authorisation before you book your appointment.
What would my doctor say?
Most well informed GP’s and consultants would be happy for you to see an osteopath.
Do Osteopaths understand medical issues?
Osteopathic training includes a considerable amount of training in medical sciences. While most osteopaths are not doctors, their training and their registration with the General Osteopathic Council assures the patient that an osteopath is competent at considering and identifying ‘medical’ problems and liaising with the patient’s general practitioner when appropriate.
Is osteopathy officially recognised?
Yes, all osteopaths must pass a competence examination and become registered with the general osteopathic council before they can call themselves osteopaths.