FAQ

Here is the list of the most frequently asked questions.

What shall I wear?

As with most medical examinations or treatment you may be asked to remove some of your clothing so that your Osteopath can see and feel your body move. Examination 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. We have changing facilities and a gown can be provided if necessary.

Can I bring someone with me?

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

Does it hurt?

Sometimes if we are examining or working on painful muscles it might be a bit uncomfortable but we will tell you what to expect. Most people find the treatment quite relaxing. It is quite normal to feel a little stiff or sore on the day after treatment, this is part of the healing process and nothing to worry about.

Is it safe?

Osteopathy is very safe in the right hands, osteopaths are trained for a minimum of 4 years and are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council. Any specific risks will be discussed with you before treatment begins. If you have any concerns then please contact us at the clinic and we will be happy to discuss these with you. For detailed information on osteopathic training and regulation you can visit the General Osteopathic Council and Institute of Osteopathy websites.

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 treatments. More complicated problems may take longer to resolve but we will talk to you about this if we feel it is the case. You will cut down the number of treatments needed if you follow your exercise prescription and after care advice.

Will I need to come back for regular check ups?

We try to encourage you to look after your own health as much as possible. Some people feel benefit from coming for a treatment every now and then after recovery and others like to call when they need some help. We are happy to work with whichever you prefer and will advise you appropriately.

Do I need to see my Doctor first?

No, osteopaths are trained to examine and understand health problems themselves. We are also trained to 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 your GP to keep them up to date with your progress.

Is my personal information kept confidential?

Yes, your notes have the same protection as your other medical records and the clinic is registered for data protection with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

What if I am unhappy about something?

If you are unhappy with any aspect of your care please speak to us about it and we will try to resolve your issue. There is a clinic complaints procedure and you can request a copy to take away.

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