OSTEOPATHY

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Osteopathy?

As defined by the British School of Osteopathy (http://www.bso.ac.uk/what-is-osteopathy/introduction-to-osteopathy/)…

Osteopathy is a primary health care system, complementary to other medical practices. It is suitable for almost anyone and can contribute to the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions. Osteopaths primarily work through the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, mostly on muscles and joints, using holistic and patient-centred approaches.

A core principle behind osteopathy is the idea that the body is an integrated and indivisible whole, and contains self-healing mechanisms that can be utilised as part of the treatment. No part of the body works, or can be considered, in isolation. Relevant psychological and social factors also form part of the process of patient diagnosis.

The key tools for osteopathic diagnosis include listening to the patient's history, examining muscles and joints and observing movements. X -rays, scans and other clinical investigations are also used if required. A wide range of gentle, non-invasive manual techniques such as deep tissue massage, joint articulation and manipulation are applied therapeutically.

Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order to practice. Patients may be referred by their doctor, or may opt to see an osteopath independently.

What can osteopaths help you with?

As stated by the British School of Osteopathy (http://www.bso.ac.uk/what-is-osteopathy/what-can-osteopaths-help-with/)…

Osteopaths treat the person rather than specific conditions - for example, an injury to your knee might also affect the foot, hip and spine. Osteopathy can help relieve the symptoms of a range of conditions, including:

  • aches and pains
  • joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis in association with other treatment for this condition
  • arthritic pain
  • general, acute and chronic backache and back pain*
  • neck pain*
  • headache arising from the neck
  • shoulder and elbow pain
  • joint pains and lumbago
  • sciatica
  • muscle spasms
  • sports injuries and tensions

* In cases of injury or accident it is advisable to seek advice from your GP in the first instance.

Do our osteopaths practise with cranial osteaopthy?

Yes, it is a very gentle but profound method of working. Our osteopaths can treat all the part so of the body with this technique, which they can discuss in person.

Does it hurt?

Sometimes when muscles are tight and joints are inflamed it might hurt a little, but the aim is to reduce inflammation and with that reduce pain.

Can all ages be treated?

Yes, our osteopaths see patients of all ages, from 1 day old to 101years old.

What can I expect on my first visit to an osteopath?

At the first consultation, we will compile a full case history of your symptoms, as well as asking for information about your lifestyle. We will observe you making some simple movements to help us make a diagnosis. You might be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined. We then hope to discuss our diagnosis with you and proceed with treatment suited to you, if you consent.

How long do osteopathic appointments usually last?

Appointment lengths vary depending on the needs of the patient. Please check your practitioner’s page for more details.

How much does treatment cost?

Treatment costs vary, depending on length and practitioner. Please check your practitioner’s page for more details.

Can I see them through the NHS?

Currently, access to osteopathy on the NHS is limited, but services are becoming more widespread as commissioning authorities recognise the benefits of providing osteopathy to patients

Can I claim on my private medical insurance?

In order to confirm the available level of cover and whether you will need to have a referral from your GP or a specialist, please check with your provider. For any questions regarding your circumstances, please contact the osteopaths directly.

Do I need a GP referral to see an osteopath?

Only if you are wanting to claim on private health care.

Do they offer home visits?

Occasionally in certain situations our osteopaths offer home visits, please get in touch with your osteopath directly for more details.

 

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