How do I book an appointment?
Please call 0747 1944485 to book an appointment. If you get through to voicemail please leave a message with your contact number and we will contact you at the earliest opportunity. Alternatively send a text or complete the booking form. There is often a waiting list for appointments, so would appreciate as much notice as possible if you need to change your appointment. A cancellation fee will normally be made if 24 hours notice is not given.
What should I bring?
Please bring a list of any medications you are taking, along with x-ray or MRI reports you may have. If you feel more comfortable in shorts rather than your underwear please bring these too.
What should I wear?
Depending on the area of symptoms you may be asked to undress down to your underwear to allow a thorough examination to be carried out. We therefore recommend that you wear comfortable underwear or shorts and a vest top. Friends or family members are always welcome to sit in during the treatment. Adult supervision is required when children under the age of 16 are treated.
What happens during the examination?
Osteopathy is a manual “hands on” treatment. The Osteopath will first assess your posture and ask you to perform a gentle series of movements to identify any areas of dysfunction. The therapist will then assess your muscles and joints to identify points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body. The assessment will be considered alongside lifestyle factors such as work and leisure to enable a full diagnosis and treatment plan to be developed.
Once the examination has been completed and any relevant clinical tests carried out, the therapist will explain their findings and, with your agreement, formulate a treatment plan.
What does treatment involve?
Osteopathy uses a combination of techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint articulation, stretching. In addition if applicable western medical acupuncture or electroacupuncture techniques may also be used. There are often many ways an area can be treated and if you are not happy with a particular technique please say so that it can be adjusted.
How many treatments will I need?
Osteopathy is patient centred, which means treatment is geared to you as an individual. Usually patients should experience an improvement in 3-6 treatments. This is dependant on your health condition, lifestyle and your individual response to the treatments. Relief may be experienced in fewer visits or may require more follow up treatments.
Is Treatment painful?
Every patient is unique and will react differently to treatment. Most patients report feeling very relaxed and relieved following the treatment. Occasionally you may feel a little sore afterwards. This is perfectly normal as the body adjusts to the changes and usually passes within 24-48 hours, leaving the improved function remaining. Your osteopath will advise you on suitable aftercare. Let your osteopath know right away if you experienced any discomfort or pain during your treatment.
Do I need a referral from my GP to see an Osteopath?
No. Most patients ‘self refer’ to an osteopath for treatment. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and Osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners.