FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The first consultation lasts between 40 minutes to an hour. The osteopath will start with taking a case history which includes general questions about your presenting complaint(s) and about your past medical history. If you have any relevant X-rays, MRIs, scans, medical documentation or list of medications you have been/are taking please bring them with you. In order to examine you, it might be necessary for you to get undressed down to your underwear. If you feel uncomfortable doing so it's not a problem, just let the osteopath know and bring loose clothing with you (ideally a pair of shorts or leggings). We also supply towels for your comfort. Once we get your consent, the osteopath will ask you to perform a few movements in order to have a diagnosis. The diagnosis and the treatment plan will then be discussed with you before starting any treatment. In some instance, the Osteopath might decide that Osteopathy cannot help you or that we require further investigation from another specialist or your GP before receiving any Osteopathic treatment. In that case, the Osteopath will refer you to your GP. After treatment, the Osteopath will give you some advice and, if needed, some exercises to do at home.
Follow up consultation
The follow up consultation lasts about 30 minutes in which the Osteopath will do a follow up examination and treatment. Most patients need between two to six sessions depending on the presenting complain. We tend to recommend a follow up session after the initial consultation in order to monitor the progress of treatment. The osteopath will then discuss with you how many more sessions she thinks are required. Some patient might benefit from regular sessions during the year to prevent the same issue recurring but also to keep the musculoskeletal system in a healthy state.
Osteopathic treatment are not usually painful. You might experience some discomfort with certain techniques during treatment so it is important that you let the Osteopath know if you find anything uncomfortable. It is common to feel some aches and discomfort 48 hours following treatment but the Osteopath will do her best to minimise this discomforts. If you feel any unusual symptoms or serious pain please contact your Osteopath.
No you don't need a referral from your GP as Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners. However during your consultation, the Osteopath might decide to refer you to your GP for further examinations.
Osteopathic treatments are suitable for all ages. This includes athletes, office workers, manual workers, newborns, babies, children, pregnant women, the elderly, sports people. If you are unsure whether osteopathy is right for you, please feel free to contact me and i will be happy to speak to you and guide you whether or not Osteopathy can help you.
"The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends spinal manipulation for lower back pain. Osteopaths are trained to deliver such treatment and offer self-management advice.
The General Osteopathic Council regulates the practice of osteopathy in the UK, promoting patient safety by setting and monitoring standards of osteopathic conduct. By law, an osteopath must be registered and comply with strict regulatory requirements. This gives patients the same sort of guarantees and protection as those given by doctors and dentists"
Reference: Institute of Osteopathy