Do I need a referral?
No, any one can come and have treatment at our clinic.
No referral is required.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual therapy, which uses hands-on treatment, aiming to reduce the symptoms of musculoskeletal aches and pains.
Osteopaths do this by addressing factors such as morphology (the size and shape of a patient’s body), bio-mechanics (how they move) and lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and work.
An Osteopath is a primary care professional, who has trained at University for a degree in Osteopathy. All Osteopaths in the United Kingdom must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council, a regulatory body who set high standards of practice.
How many treatments will I need?
It depends; the presenting symptoms will dictate the prognosis. If a problem is more long standing, it may take more treatments or a longer time to resolve.
If you have a severe traumatic injury, again, it may take a longer time to heal.
Most patients feel a marked improvement in 2-3 treatments.If the problem is structural, patients may like to come back every few months for a maintenance treatment.
This will mean your symptoms are less likely to reoccur.
Can I bring someone with me?
Of course! You are most welcome to bring a chaperone to your appointment.
If you are under the age of 16, you cannot be treated without your parent or guardian present.
What should I wear?
Because our therapists take into account your whole posture and how your joints move, they normally like to examine the body as a whole unit.
For this, it is usual for an Osteopath to examine a patient either in their under-wear, or a vest and shorts.
If you would feel more comfortable, it is also perfectly fine to bring sports clothes to wear during your assessment and treatment.
Will treatment hurt?
It shouldn’t hurt.
Your therapist will often be working on the site of pain, so some techniques can feel a bit uncomfortable if your joints or muscles are already tender.
Having good communication between yourself and your practitioner is vital.