1. What Training Do Osteopaths Have?
All osteopaths at this practice have successfully completed an arduous four or five year training course at one of the established osteopathic colleges. The many subjects covered are similar to those of medical schools, such as anatomy and physiology and currently lead to a BSc degree in Osteopathy. All practitioners are committed to attending regular post graduate education programmes and have full registration with the General Osteopathic Council.
2. How many osteopathic treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will depend on the severity of the problem and the length of time you have suffered from it. Many patients will only require one to three treatments.
3. Do I need to contact my GP before I make an appointment?
No. Osteopaths will check for signs of conditions they cannot treat and will refer you to your GP if they suspect anything serious or unsuitable for osteopathic treatment. If you have been referred to the practice by your GP or specialist we shall, with your permission, send them a report.
4. How does osteopathy differ from physiotherapy or chiropractic?
Over the last 20 years the three professions have shared more and more common ground. To grossly over-simplify, osteopaths use a combination of techniques ranging from soft tissue work to the “clicking” of the joints. Historically chiropractors almost exclusively treated using the “clicking” manoeuvres. Physiotherapists tended to concentrate on exercises and using machines such as ultrasound. At this practice we also emphasise the importance of specific exercise programmes and use ultrasound and acupuncture where appropriate. The most important piece of advice is to go to a practitioner with a good reputation and who effects a significant improvement within a few treatments.
5. Will osteopathic treatment hurt?
Osteopathy should never be rough. The “clicking” of the joints, the element of osteopathic treatment that patients tend to be most nervous of, is usually painless. The clicking is by no means always necessary. There is a possibility that you will occasionally feel slightly sore after treatment if areas have been moved that have not been moved for a long time. Many patients comment that had they known how gentle the treatment was, and how much better they felt, they would have come years earlier.
6. What do I need to bring?
It is useful to bring any X-rays, scans, blood test results and medical reports as well as your prescription list.