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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is an Osteopath?

Statutory regulation of the Osteopathic Profession under the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) is mandatory following the passing of the Osteopaths Bill in 1993. Since this was fully implemented in May 2000, an Osteopath is someone who holds a recognised qualification and who is a member of the statutory register of osteopaths maintained by the GOsC. It is now illegal for anyone who is not registered with the GOsC to call themselves an osteopath or to offer osteopathic treatment.

What shall I wear?

As with most medical examinations or treatment you may be asked to remove some of your clothing so that we can see and feel your body move. Diagnosis and treatment are not so effective through thick heavy clothing so please bring something light and stretchy to change into such as shorts and a vest top.

Can I bring someone with me?

Please feel free to bring a friend or relative with you. For children under 16 it is a legal requirement that they are accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Does it hurt?

Sometimes if we are working on painful muscles it may be a bit uncomfortable but we will tell you what to expect. It is quite normal to feel a little stiff or sore after the treatment which may last 24-48 hours, but this is part of the healing process and is nothing to worry about.

Should I rest?

Rest is usually not advisable. Most musculoskeletal problems respond much better when kept mobile and can seize up completely if rested for too long. A lot of conditions we see are inflammatory, and are typically at their most stiff and painful first thing in the morning. This follows most people's longest period of rest and the symptoms are alleviated once they are up and about.

What is the click during manipulation?

Pain is often centred around a restricted joint which has become inflamed or jammed, with the surrounding muscles going into spasm and maintaining the pain. Joint manipulation involves putting the joint through a very small stretching movement at speed - this just feels like a quick push on the joint. Separating the joint surfaces like this causes a release in the pressure within the joint. It is this change in pressure which causes the clicking noise and the result is a joint that moves more freely.  Any click is a secondary product of the manipulation in other words it is not needed for the treatment to be effective.

Is it safe?

Osteopathy is a very safe treatment in the right hands. Any specific risks will be discussed with you before treatment begins. If you have any concerns then please contact us and we will be happy to discuss these with you. For full details on osteopathic training and regulation please go to the GOsC and BOA websites via the links page.

How many treatments will I need?

Each patient is assessed on an individual basis so it is hard to predict an exact treatment program. However most people feel some benefit immediately and are well on the way to recovery after 3 - 6 treatments. More complicated problems may take longer to resolve but we will talk to you about this if we feel that this is the case.

Will I need to come back for regular check ups?

This is again assessed on an individual basis.  Some people feel benefit from coming for a treatment every 3 - 6 months, others on an annual basis, and others like to call when they need some help. We are happy to work with whichever you prefer and always aim to encourage you to look after your own health as much as you can.

Do I need to see my GP first?

No, all osteopaths are trained to examine and diagnose problems themselves and recognise when you need medical attention rather than osteopathic treatment. However you will need to see your GP if you want a referral for your healthcare provider insurance. With your permission we may write  to your GP to keep them up to date with your progress

What is the difference between an Osteopath/Chiropractor/Phsiotherapist?

There will always be individual variations, but in general, physios may use machines in their treatment, and often spend time going through rehabilitation exercises with you. Many do not use "hands on" treatment. Chiropractic treatment lays its emphasis on "adjustment" of the joints and the average treatment time would be approximately 15 minutes. The average osteopathic treatment takes 30 minutes as we do similar joint manipulation to the chiropractors, but we consider that the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments etc) are just as important in the overall symptom picture and recovery. Our treatment therefore involves a lot of stretching, articulation and deep soft tissue treatment. This is helpful in cases such as elderly patients where joint manipulation may be better avoided, so a very effective soft tissue treatment may be given without any strong techniques.

Is my personal information kept confidential?

 Yes, your notes have the same protection as your medical records.


What happens if I need to make a complaint?

If you are unhappy with any aspect of your treatment please speak to us about it and we will do our very best to resolve your issue. There is also a complaints procedure displayed in the clinic and you can request a copy to take home.