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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Treatment Painful?

Osteopathic techniques range from very gentle soft tissue work to high velocity thrusts (HVT) to manipulate the positioning of your body. Your osteopath will talk through different treatment options, and let you know if a treatment is likely to be uncomfortable – either at the time or after your appointment. You can then decide whether you are happy to go ahead or not.

Your practitioner will ask your consent throughout your appointment before they perform a technique. If at any stage you feel uncomfortable or unsure you have the right to withdraw your consent.

What should I wear?

As with any healthcare appointment, it may be necessary for your osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing. This is so they can see and touch the areas of the body causing you concern. Your osteopath will want you to feel at ease, therefore if you feel uncomfortable undressing to your underwear, you may prefer to wear clothing, such as shorts and a t-shirt, or close-fitting garments, that will enable them to work effectively, so please do discuss this with them. Towels and blankets are also available. If at any point you feel uncomfortable please let your osteopath know and they would be happy to discuss how best to adapt to your needs.

You may wish to seek treatment from an osteopath of the same sex as yourself. You are also welcome to ask a friend or relative to accompany you and be present throughout your appointment.

How long will my appointment take?

Your initial appointment will last approximately 45 minutes, during which time your osteopath will take a full clinical history, including asking you questions about your general health to fully understand what has happened and how best to act to ensure you receive the most appropriate care. This may take 10 minutes, at which point your osteopath will explain to you what they think is wrong. If it is appropriate and you are happy to proceed your osteopath will then examine you, performing a range of tests and assessments to better understand the relevant factors pertinent to your case. They will then discuss their findings and agree with you how best to help you.

If appropriate you will normally receive treatment at the end of your first appointment. If the osteopath feels that osteopathic treatment is not indicated they will discuss with you the best course of action and write any appropriate referral letters so that you are cared for appropriately.

Any follow up appointments are for 30 minutes long. Your osteopath will normally quickly re-assess your symptoms and gauge progress, prior to treating you.

What does treatment involve?

Osteopaths usually start any treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints, using gentle massage techniques, rhythmic joint movements and muscle release techniques. The osteopath may also manipulate specific joints. While manipulation can be suitable in a number of different presentations, it is not an essential part of a treatment and other techniques may also be used depending on your problem.

Some of our osteopaths also use acupuncture as part of your treatment. If they feel that this may help with your recovery they will explain the procedure to you and obtain your consent before proceeding. If you have any questions about your treatment do speak to your osteopath at any point.

How many appointments will I need?

This depends on your condition. Generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits but more complex, long term or chronic conditions may require more treatment. Your osteopath will discuss this with you and provide you with an indication of what length of treatment you might expect.

Is osteopathy covered by private health insurance?

Most major health insurance companies cover osteopathic treatment. Please check your policy for terms and conditions and inform reception on booking. Our reception team would be happy to help you if you have any questions.