FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...
Is osteopathy safe?
Yes. Osteopathy is a gentle yet effective form of manual therapy, suitable for people of all ages and physical capability.
Osteopaths are highly trained in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal issues and are also equipped to recognise more serious illnesses. Your osteopath will not treat you if they do not deem it safe or in your best interest to do so. In such cases, you will be referred back to your GP for further care and investigation.
Can I bring a chaperone?
Yes, you are more than welcome to bring a friend or family member into the consultation. All patients under the age of 18 and those classed as 'vulnerable adults' require a chaperone to be present by law.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
It is likely that during the consultation you will be asked to dress down so that the practitioner can better assess the problem areas. Please bring clothing you are comfortable in and that allow movement, for example a vest and shorts. There are changing facilities within the clinic.
How many sessions will I need?
The honest answer is that it depends. Each diagnosis and treatment plan is unique to the individual and so recovery time will vary from patient to patient. Your osteopath will discuss this with you during your first consultation.
Can I continue to exercise?
Again this depends upon the individual diagnosis but relative rest is usually advised in the initial stages of treatment. Your osteopath will discuss this with you during your first appointment and you will likely be prescribed home exercises to do in between appointments.
What training do osteopaths have?
All osteopaths will have completed a 4-5 year degree course as well as attaining over 1200 supervised clinic hours by the time they graduate. After university, a minimum of 30 hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD) must be studied each year.
The title 'Osteopath' is protected by law and so all osteopaths must be registered with a governing body to be able to practice. For UK osteopaths this is the General Osteopathic Council.
Will my private medical insurance cover the appointment costs?
Many private health insurance policies do provide cover for osteopathic treatment. Please check and confirm this with your insurance company in advance of your first appointment and let your therapist know.