Frequently Asked Questions

These are short answers to the most frequently asked questions by our patients about osteopathy and our treatments.

How Much Treatment Will I Need?

It is difficult to give an answer without an examination and diagnosis first. The number of treatments required depends on the individual, how bad your symptoms are, how long you have had the problem, the general health of the patient and whether there are any underlying problems which may slow down improvement. It depends on whether your injury or condition is acute, chronic or traumatic. By the end of the first session we aim to give you an idea of what to expect and we will continually discuss your treatment with you so you understand your progress.

Do I Need a GP Referral?

No, most patients ‘self refer‘ to an osteopath for treatment. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete and the patient receives the best possible care. Sometime we may refer you back to your GP with your consent for other treatments or further investigations.

Will I Have To Undress?

This concerns many people and does not need to be a problem at all. At the Pain Relief Clinic we are trained to look at posture, muscle tightness, strain and movement restrictions and we gain more information if you are undressed to your underwear or wearing shorts. However, you need to be comfortable and if you prefer not to undress, we request you wear thin, loose clothing or shorts / leggings as this is easier and more comfortable for us to work with than heavy tight jeans.

What Should I Bring To The Appointment?

There is nothing that you need bring, however there are a few items which may aid us. If you have had an x-ray or MRI of your body or a report from a scan or a fellow practitioner and feel it is relevant to your current condition, then please bring these along for us to look at. It will also be helpful to bring details of any medication you are taking or recent test results you have had.

Can I Bring Someone Else With Me To The Appointment?

Of course you can. Part of an effective treatment is to feel at ease and if by bringing someone along with you will make you feel more comfortable then please do so. Children under 16 years of age must always be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout treatment.

What Do Osteopaths Treat?

Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders without the use of drugs or surgery. Commonly treated conditions include back and neck pain, postural problems, sporting injuries, muscle and joint deterioration, restricted mobility and occupational ill-health.

Can Osteopathy Help Stress?

If you find it hard to relax or have some stress related aches and pains then osteopathy can help you. You don’t need to be in pain to benefit from osteopathy.

Does Osteopathic Treatment Hurt?

Osteopathic treatment is usually very gentle, but manipulating, massaging or stretching an injured area may be uncomfortable. We will always explain to you what you are likely to feel and will stop if you tell us that the treatment is causing you too much pain.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Generally people do not feel the needles entering the skin. If they do, then the sensation is similar to a small pin prick.

Can I Have Acupuncture and Osteopathy Together?

Yes, we have found some problems are actually complemented by the use of the two therapies together, especially if the problems are widespread or chronic. 

What About Health Insurance Cover?

We are recognised by leading health insurers including Cigna, Simply Health, AXA PPP, Standard Life, Aviva, Vitality Health and CS Healthcare. If you are looking to claim treatment off your insurers, please get in touch with them first to see if you can claim for our treatments. Some insurers require a GP letter and some require you to pay an excess depending on your cover. We can write receipts to your insurance company or you can claim directly off them.

Are Osteopaths Regulated By Law?

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year to obtain an annual licence to practise. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health, are of good character and have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements.

How Do I Know If An Osteopath Is Registered?

All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council.  You can use the Register to check whether your health professional is currently registered.

What Training Do Osteopaths Have?

All osteopaths practising in the UK have completed rigorous training. Students of osteopathy follow a four or five-year degree course, during which they study anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics. In addition they undergo a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical training. Qualification generally takes the form of a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy – a BSc(Hons), BOst or BOstMed or a masters degree in osteopathy (MOst).

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