FAQ’s

Frequently asked Questions

Back treatmentWhat do Osteopaths Treat?

  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tension head aches
  • Neck pain & stiffness
  • Sports injuries
  • Shoulder/hip/knee/elbow/ mechanical injuries
  • Foot injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis/Achilles injuries
  • Arthritis: maintaining mobility in degenerative joints.

Who is suitable for treatment?

I treat children from 5 years of age through to senior aged patients. I do not treat babies as there are Osteopaths who specialise in this field.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable loose clothing. Depending on the area of pain, some clothing will need to be removed especially with back pain as we assess the whole spine not just the local area of discomfort. You are very welcome to bring shorts or leggings to wear.

What happens on my first visit?

Spinal column demoOn arrival you will be asked to complete a health and general information form. A full medical case history will be taken, including information on the site of the pain, severity, how and when it began and whether you have had any previous history of injury. This all helps to provide the Osteopath with a clear picture of the nature of the condition.

A physical examination will require the patient to perform certain movements to assess function and degree of pain and any restriction of mobility. Should further investigations be required such as X-rays, MRI scans or blood tests a letter can be sent to your GP to request these with your permission. Appointments are 30mins though the first visit can be longer.

Once the consultation and examination has taken place the Osteopath will be able to discuss the findings, diagnosis and explain a treatment plan and commence treatment straight away if suitable.

How many treatments will I require?

This will depend on many factors such as severity, how long the person has had the injury, and any pre disposing factors. For many minor strains 3-4 treatments is often all that is required to give a good outcome.

Can I bring someone with me?

If you would like a family member or friend to accompany you then they are very welcome. Any child up to 16 years of age requires an adult to be present.

Do I need to see a doctor first?

You do not need to seek permission from your GP before treatment. However, I like to work closely with the local GP’s to provide the best care appropriate. If medication or other medical services are required then I may need to contact your GP with your permission. If you require a referral for Private Health Care or a fitness to work certificates then you will need to contact your GP.