Osteopathy Frequently Asked Questions
What is osteopathy?
Put simply it is a method undertaken to diagnose primarily musculoskeletal problems via palpation (touch) and then if required, to use a vast repertoire of skills to improve any dysfunction found, restoring and improving the musculoskeletal systems to its optimum state. This can be achieved via techniques such as massage, advice on lifestyle and the mobilisation of joints to correct and restore postural balance.
What training does an Osteopath have?
The training to become an Osteopath is extensive, typically involving four years full time study. A large amount of this training involves acquiring an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and the musculoskeletal systems, as well as the huge range of medical conditions that may affect health.
Can children be treated?
Anyone under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can consent to any treatment given.
Can I be accompanies to treatments?
If you would feel more comfortable being accompanied by a partner or friend then this is absolutely fine, we appreciate that seeing someone for the first time can be a little unnerving.
What conditions are treated?
The conditions that Osteopaths treat are extensive and wide ranging but the fact that the patient is an individual should never be lost. Clearly and understandably people seek osteopathic help for back pain but other conditions include neck pain, trapped nerves, sciatica, sporting injuries, arm and leg conditions, shoulder pain i.e. frozen shoulder etc.
What happens on my first appointment?
On your first appointment it is very important that we find out all about you, obviously what is currently causing you discomfort but also any health problems that you may have had in the past that may directly or indirectly be contributing to the current problem. Therefore your medical history is important to go through as this helps to build a full picture of you.
Please bring a list of any medications that you may be taking as well as any past MRI scans, x-rays, reports etc. Once a full case history has been taken an examination then takes place in order to help find the cause of the problem. This may require you to get undressed to your underwear as it is important to view how the problem may be affecting posture. To support you fully – if you feel a little uncomfortable then please bring some loose shorts or similar loose clothing.
Once the examination has taken place our Osteopath can then discuss his findings with you and give you ideas of what may be wrong. Then if you are happy to continue a treatment plan can be agreed. We encourage you to ask any questions at any stage as we want you to feel comfortable and happy at every step of the way.
How much do treatments cost?
Our pricing structure is based upon £35 for the initial consultation and treatment, this last lasting typically 45 mins – 1 hour. Subsequent treatments are at £30 per session (30 mins – 40 mins). We regularly offer discounts on treatments and consultations, to check our current promotions visit our news and offers page.
I have some more questions, can I speak to someone?
Of course, please visit our contact page to speak to a member of the team. Your enquiry will be passed to a qualified Osteopath who will often respond the same day.
How do I book?
To find out how to book an appointment, please go to our bookings page.