FAQs

A study in 2010 from the University of Brighton of over 1700 osteopathic patients found that 96% were satisfied or VERY satisfied with their care.

In another recent study from 2017, 89% of patients reported an improvement in their symptoms one week after osteopathic treatment and 93% reported an improvement six weeks after treatment.

Osteopathy is a very safe and effective treatment for all, but do get in touch if you would like to discuss any concerns you have before booking an appointment

Osteopathy treats people, not conditions! What we mean is, osteopathy can help the person experiencing symptoms associated with, for example, arthritis, but we don't treat arthritis. The following list is not exhaustive, but osteopathy can be extremely effective in the management of symptoms associated with:

  • Back pain
  • Widespread joint aches and pains (including hip, knee and shoulder pain)
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Work-related pain and over-use syndromes
  • Sport-related injury and pain
  • Arthritis related pain
  • Acute and long term health conditions
  • Pregnancy and post natal related pain
  • Digestive disorder
  • Circulatory disorder

Osteopathy is also extremely safe and effective for the treatment of babies, children and the elderly.

Osteopathy is a primary healthcare system (hence its rigorous training) and you do not need to be referred by your doctor, although many people do seek osteopathy on the advice of their GP.

Honestly, not that much! Despite differences in the professions' philosophical underpinnings, we all undergo rigorous training, which includes extensive clinical experience, and we each have established standards of practice to which we are committed to upholding. Similarly, we all believe that health and wellbeing, to varying degrees, depend on the healthy functioning of your spine, joints, muscles and nerves and osteopaths use their hands to help diagnose and treat any dysfunction. Both osteopathy and physiotherapy are an 'allied health profession' and as such, are recognised by NHS England and our titles are protected by law. Chiropractic, on the other hand, remains a complementary and alternative (CAM) profession. In addition to your bones, joints and muscles, osteopaths will consider your entire body, even including your internal organs and how their function might be affecting your symptoms. Recent healthcare initiatives have meant that osteopaths can now contribute to musculoskeletal services in some NHS trusts and like all medical professions and those allied to it, osteopaths are committed to developing a robust evidence-base for their work. If you would like more information about any of these professions, please clink on the links below.

General Osteopathic Council
Chartered Society Of Physiotherapy
General Chiropractic Council
In short, no, it shouldn't. However, tell your osteopath if you are in any pain or discomfort during your session. If your condition is acute, there may already be some increased sensitivity in your tissues and your osteopath will be aware of this. There are many different ways of treating osteopathically and your osteopath will discuss with you what he considers to be the most appropriate approach. Some techniques, such as joint manipulation, may result in some post-treatment soreness, but this is normal and settles quickly in most cases.

It depends. No two bodies are the same, no two practitioners are and no two symptoms are either. Much of it will depend on how long you have been experiencing your problem, what lifestyle issues may be pre-disposing you to it and how easy it is for you to incorporate the advice and information provided by your osteopath into your daily life. Osteopaths argue they don't treat conditions, they treat the person with the condition. Your osteopath will often have a clearer idea after your initial assessment/treatment, and will discuss with you then how many treatments you may need.

Often people feel a significant improvement after just one or two treatments and for new or acute problems, this may be the case. For pain and discomfort that is chronic, that is, more long-term however, more treatments may be necessary and your osteopath may sometimes recommend episodic return to prevent deterioration and for a general 'MOT'.

Osteopaths facilitate healing and our role is to help your tissues return to a state of healthy function so that your body's natural capacity for repair and healing can take over the rest. Much of this therefore depends on you!

RESPECTING YOU

It is important that you feel comfortable during your osteopathic treatment, particularly around matters of privacy and modesty. As with a visit to a GP or other medical professional, part of your experience includes history taking and examination. Because osteopaths work with your health, it is essential we take a thorough history. This will involve asking you questions about all aspects of your health and medical history to support an accurate diagnosis and ensure osteopathic treatment is safe and appropriate.

Osteopathic examination is thorough and usually involves you undressing down to your underwear. It is essential we see how your body moves and how restrictions elsewhere may be influencing the painful area. Please let your osteopath know if this is likely to be a problem for you. You are welcome to bring someone with you for all or part of your consultation and your osteopath will exit the room whilst you undress and dress again. Examination also involves using our hands to feel your muscles and joints and we will explain what we are doing and why as we go along.

Likewise, osteopathic treatment is manual and involves a range of techniques to help move joints, ease restricitons and encourage mobility in your tissues. Whenever possible for your modesty, your osteopath will cover the areas of your body not being treated. Always ask your osteopath if you have any questions about your examination or treatment and remember, you can ask your osteopath to stop at any point if you are uncomfortable or unhappy.

Your health is too important for you to feel embarrassed or unhappy!

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