What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of hands-on therapy using techniques that affect the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue, encouraging them to work smoothly together to positively influence your general health, relieving physical stresses to restore comfort and ease of movement.
Osteopaths believe that the well being of an individual depends on good structure and functioning of the body. Osteopathic treatment aims to restore balance and function by using techniques to encourage your body’s own healing mechanisms without the use of drugs or surgery.
Your osteopath can also give posture and exercise advice that may help aid recovery from injury or illness, promote health and prevent symptoms reoccurring.
Osteopaths are primary care practitioners, it takes 4-5 years of degree level training to become an osteopath. Osteopathy in the United Kingdom is regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Osteopathy is recommended in the NHS National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines as an effective way to treat low back pain.
What happens when I go for a treatment?
Your osteopath will take a full and thorough case history in order to gain in depth knowledge of your problem and a complete picture of your general health and lifestyle.
You may be asked to perform some movements so your osteopath can see any limitations relating to your pain. Your osteopath will feel for areas of muscle tension or movement restriction and may conduct some recognized medical tests to further assess the cause of your problem.
Your osteopath will then provide you with a detailed explanation, diagnosis and proposed osteopathic treatment plan. All treatments are subject to the outcome of your initial consultation and subsequent response to treatment.
You are encouraged to ask questions and give feedback throughout this process and your osteopath will be happy to explain anything that you do not understand.
Please bring a note of any medication you are taking, prescribed or over the counter as this may affect your diagnosis or treatment.
If osteopathy is not the most effective form of treatment for your condition, we may advise you on another appropriate course of action.
What should I wear for an osteopathic treatment?
If it is appropriate and you are comfortable to do so, your osteopath will ask you to dress down to your underwear, if you are uncomfortable to do this please wear baggy clothes such as shorts or a track suit.
You are welcome to bring a friend or relative with you if it makes you feel more comfortable.
How much does an osteopathic treatment cost?
The current fees are £38 per visit, payable by cash or cheque. We are also registered with some private health insurance companies, please ask when you book your appointment.
How long does an appointment last?
Your first visit will normally last approx 45 minutes and subsequent visits will normally last for half an hour. However, please note that these appointment lengths may vary as some conditions need extra time and some require less time.
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