Q1. What is Osteopathy? Q2. What conditions do patients consult Osteopaths about? Q3. How do I make an appointment? Q4. What happens on my first visit? Q5. What type of treatment will I have? Q6. What is Osteopathic manipulation? Q7. What training do Osteopaths have? Q8. How much does it cost? Q9. Does my health insurance cover treatment?
Q1. What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a way of detecting and treating damaged parts of the body – such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. When the body is balanced and efficient it will function with the minimum of wear, stress and energy, therefore reducing pain and disability. It is our job as Osteopaths to achieve this balance.
Q2. What conditions do patients consult Osteopaths about?
Osteopaths are not just “back specialists”. We are trained to understand a wide variety of problems including:-
- Arthritic pain
- Muscle spasms
- Inability to relax
- Aches and pains
- Digestion problems
- Planter Fascitis
- Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
- Minor sports injuries
- Osteoarthritis of the Hip/Knee
- Acute/Chronic Neck pain
- Rheumatic pain
- Migraine prevention
- Joint pains
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- Acute low back pain
- Headaches arising from the neck (Cervicogenic)
- Knee pain
- Circulatory problems
- Shoulder girdle pain
- Chronic low back pain
Q3. How do I make an appointment?
You may call the practice anytime. Clinic hours are from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm Monday to Friday, otherwise please leave your message and phone number on the answer phone. It is not necessary to consult your GP prior to osteopathic treatment, but we do like to work with him/her and if needed, inform him/her of your condition, with your consent.
Q4. What happens on my first visit?
Your first appointment will last approximately 45 minutes. You will be asked about your current problem and any relevant past medical history. You will usually be required to undress to your underwear for your examination. This will enable an assessment of individual joint mobility and to locate the problem area. Having completed a full examination we can decide whether osteopathic treatment will help you. If so you will be given an indication of the type of treatment needed. If we are unable to help, we may ask you to visit your GP or suggest other treatments which may be helpful in solving your problem. Subsequent treatments last 30 minutes.
Q.5 What type of treatment will I have?
Osteopaths work with their hands using a variety of techniques according to the age and problem of each individual. These range from soft tissue massage to muscles, to passive stretching, articulation and traction to joints including manipulation. We also have the facility to use ultrasound if required.
Q6. What is osteopathic manipulation?
Osteopathic manipulation, sometimes called a “high velocity thrust” is normally a precise movement applied to a spinal or peripheral joint. This often causes a click or popping sensation as the joint surfaces separate. The manipulation is designed to increase joint movement, reduce local muscle spasm and improve circulation and drainage. Osteopathic manipulation should always be gentle and is usually applied within the joint’s normal physiological range of movement.
Q7. What type of training do Osteopaths have?
Osteopathy is of a four year full-time course at The British School of Osteopaths (University College of Osteopathy). This includes human anatomy, physiology, pathology and a variety of clinical skills to analyse and diagnose your problem.
Q8. How much does it cost?
Osteopathy Initial consultation – video consultation and face to face treatment: £60.00 Subsequent face to face treatments: £45.00 School age children: Initial consultation and treatment: £55.00 Subsequent visits: £40.00
Q9. Does my health insurance cover treatment?
Many Private Health Insurance Schemes will reimburse your fees. It is advisable to check with your insurers first as some may require you to be referred from your GP. The Clinic has recognition with the following Insurance Companies:
- Standard Life Healthcare
- Royal Sun Alliance
- Clinicare Medical Insurance
- CIGNA Healthcare
- Legal & General Healthcare