What happens in an Osteopathy appointment?
When you arrive at the clinic you will be made welcome in our Reception area and given a Consent Form to complete.
The Osteopath will come and meet you in reception and take you to a private treatment room where he/she will carry out an initial assessment. This will involve taking a complete medical and lifestyle history, as well as discussing your primary complaint.
You will then be given a physical assessment. You don’t need to remove your clothing. This examination can be done wearing shorts, gym trousers or a t-shirt or loose clothing. Simply ensure that the Osteopath can access the area you want treated.
The Osteopath will talk to you all through the treatment and you ask you to take up certain positions on your back, front and side depending on what is being worked on. The Osteopath will of course, respect your dignity at all times.
The Osteopath will give you a clear explanation of what they find (their diagnosis) and discuss a treatment plan that is suitable for you. They will explain the benefits and any risks of the treatment they are recommending. It is important to understand and agree what the treatment can achieve, and the likely number of sessions needed for a noticeable improvement in how you feel.
Treatment is hands-on and involves skilled manipulation of the spine and joints, and massage of soft tissues. Your Osteopath will explain what they are doing and will always ask your permission to treat you (known as consent). Ask questions at any time if you are unsure what you have been told or if you have any concerns.
Patients under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or friend and any patient can have a companion if they feel happier doing so.
The Osteopath may also refer you to our Podiatrist or Sports Massage team if he/she feels this would be beneficial to speed up your recovery.
How will I feel after the treatment?
Because of the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to feel sore in the first 24-48 hours after treatment. Your Osteopath will explain any likely reactions that you could expect.
If you have any concerns it is important to contact the Osteopath and ask their advice. The Osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan.
Is referral from a doctor necessary?
Most patients ‘self refer’ to an Osteopath for treatment and some are referred to us from a GP.
Although referral by a GP is not necessary, you are encouraged to keep your GP fully informed so that your medical records are current and complete. This will ensure you receive the best possible care from both health professionals. With your permission your Osteopath may send a report to your GP with details of your condition and treatment. You can also request a letter for your employer if this is helpful.
Can I use my private health insurance?
If you have private health insurance it may be possible to claim for your treatment. You will need to ask your insurance company about the available level of cover and whether you need to be referred by your GP or a specialist.
Osteopathy does not replace medical care. If you have a query as to whether Osteopathy might be able to help, please contact us directly.
Nothing in this website should be taken as a claim to treat any specific condition.