Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?
Examination and treatment are less effective through thick heavy clothing so please bring something light and/ or stretchy to change into such as shorts and a vest top.

Will I need to undress?
You will normally be asked whether you are comfortable removing some clothing (not underwear) to uncover the area to be examined. Undressing is helpful for the examination and treatment but is optional and not compulsory; you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

Can I bring someone with me
Yes, people often bring partners, a friend or a relative with them. If you don’t have English as a first language you may wish to bring someone to interpret for you. Children under 16 are required to be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult

Does osteopathy hurt?
Every effort is made for you to feel as comfortable as possible during your visit. However, you may feel some discomfort when I examine or work on a painful area. If something is likely to be uncomfortable I will let you know in advance and get your consent to continue. Most people find the treatment process is quite relaxing. It’s a common experience that people feel a little stiff or sore later on the day of treatment and sometimes the day after; 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 any examination or treatment begins.

If you have any concerns then please contact me and I will be happy to discuss these with you. If you’d like to know more about osteopathy training and the professions’ regulation please visit the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and Institute of Osteopathy (iO) websites.

How many treatments will I need?
Each patient is assessed individually so it is hard to predict an exact figure. In general, more treatment may be required to resolve long standing and more complicated problems. I am happy to discuss this with you in more detail on your first visit if this applies to you. Some benefit is often experienced following the first session and, in general terms, most acute problems are well on the way to recovery after 3 sessions.

Will I need to come back for check ups?
Patients are generally encouraged to self- manage and look after their own health as much as possible. However, some people benefit from periodic treatment sessions, e.g. every 3 months and others like to return when they need some help.

Do I need to see my doctor first?
Healthcare insurance providers often insist on a GP referral prior to osteopathic treatment so you would need to contact your GP in this instance. However, osteopaths are trained to examine and understand health problems themselves so you can simply call and make an appointment.

Osteopaths are also trained to recognise when a person needs medical attention rather than osteopathic treatment and in such cases I would require your consent to make a referral to your GP.

Is my personal infprmation kept confidential?
Yes, your notes have the same protection as your other medical records and the practice is registered for data protection with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

What if I am unhappy about something?
There is a clinic complaints procedure and you can request a copy to take away.

What can I expect on my first visit?
Your first visit will last approximately one hour.

- You will be asked to talk about your symptoms and relevant aspects of your general health to make sure you are safe to treat.

- There is usually a physical examination. This involves some movement of the affected area to see how it functions. It often involves identifying areas of stiffness and tension in the muscles by pressing gently into the tissues. Other tests may be necessary depending on the problem.

- There is usually some discussion about the findings, the diagnosis, what treatment will involve, how many treatments you may need and what your options are.

- Treatment will usually begin on the first visit.

What information would be helpful to bring
Medical reports, scans or X-ray results and medication details are always helpful.

Would I be involved in decisions made about my care
Yes, your informed decision is final and every part of the process requires your consent to proceed.

What does treatment consist of
It is normally a variety of stretching, massaging, mobilizing and/ or manipulative techniques.