What can osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths treat a wide range of conditions that include back and neck pain, peripheral joint pain, trapped nerves, repetitive strain, headaches, sporting injuries, arthritic pain, and many other conditions. Please contact me if you are uncertain if osteopathy is appropriate for your condition.
What happens on your first visit?
On your first visit you will be asked detailed questions about your present complaint, general health and past medical history in order to establish a working diagnosis it allows the formulation of a plan for treatment and advice both in the short and long term. You will then be examined and your problem evaluated, assessing your posture and movements.
This examination may require you to undress to your underwear. if this would make you feel uncomfortable you may want to bring shorts to wear during your visits.
At the end of the examination the osteopath makes a diagnosis and appropriate osteopathic treatment will be given.
The aims of osteopathic treatment are to:
- work specifically on the area that is most painful
- work generally to address factors which contribute to or maintain your problem
After treatment an osteopath can give advice on:
- Health/medical issues
- Posture and body use
- Corrective exercises/stretches
What should I expect from subsequent treatments?
This depends on the problem and its severity. In some cases, particularly when the pain is acute, it maybe more effective to see the patient again within a few days. Generally treatments are spaced roughly one week apart, although as the condition begins to improve they may be spaced more widely.
Osteopathy is usually beneficial as a course of treatment. In most cases an average number of consultations would be 3 – 6 visits depending on the nature of your problem.
Osteopathy can also be used as a preventative therapy. If you suffer from a recurrent problem, such as back ache, tennis elbow, headaches etc., these can be kept at bay through regular visits despite the absence of any pain e.g. once every few weeks or months. Specific advice will be given in each case. Any questions you may have can be addressed along the way.
Will treatment be painful?
Some of the techniques employed by osteopaths may occasionally provoke a mild discomfort during their application, but communication between the patient and osteopath means that this should never be unpleasant.
Occasionally after visits patients may experience a treatment reaction with a some exaggeration of their symptoms for a brief period, normally no longer than 24 hours. This is most often not the case. Patients are encouraged to contact their osteopath if this causes concern.
Do I need to consult my GP before visiting an osteopath?
It is not necessary to consult your GP before visiting an Osteopath. Most patients self refer. If however you have a complex health history you may wish to consult your GP to ensure that osteopathic treatment is appropriate for you.
Will my medical insurance cover the cost of treatment?
I am recognised by BUPA (Ref 30033548), AXA PPP (Ref CL01455), PRU, HSA and most other insurers. In most cases some of the cost is reimbursed up to a certain limit. and usually for a particular episode of treatment. Some providers require a letter from your GP before you can be referred for osteopathic treatment. If you are in any doubt then first check with your insurance provider. I am happy to provide a receipt for you to use to claim back from your insurance company.
What happens if I cannot attend an appointment?
Cancellations of less than 24 hours notice will incur a charge, of the full fee as this prevents emergency patients, whom may be in considerable pain from being seen. Clearly there are some genuine reasons, beyond forgetfulness and poor timing, where attendance may not be possible, and I would ask that you please communicate this. It is not my policy to request the fee under certain circumstances.