Frequently Asked Questions

  • What happens during the first consultation?

  •     A history of your problem will be taken including details of your general medical history.

        Normally you will be asked to remove some of your clothing so the osteopath can see the problem area and examine you. You will be asked to perform some simple movements to evaluate the mobility of your body.

        Postural assessment and detailed examination by touch will help confirm any points of weakness, excessive strain or specific injury.

        Other physical assessments such as taking blood pressure may be necessary.

     

  • What does treatment involve?

  •     Treatment is usually aimed at improving joint mobility and reducing excessive muscle and soft-tissue tension.

        Treatment techniques include massage, stretching and gentle manipulation (which can result in a click or popping noise).

        Cranial osteopathy is also available at this practice and is a very gentle form of treatment particularly suited to babies and children.

        Treatment often includes advice on your posture, diet and lifestyle where appropriate.

        Most people find treatment relaxing and painless though on occasions there may be some discomfort when the problem is acute. Every effort is made to keep pain to a minimum on these occasions.

        Osteopaths are trained to recognise the need for medical investigation and we will refer as appropriate.

     

  • How many treatments?

  •     This varies depending on the nature of the problem, how long it has been there and the aggravating factors such as occupation and lifestyle.

        The majority of problems resolve within 3-4 sessions but some conditions require further treatment over a longer period of time.

        Should there be no improvement within 3-4 sessions it may be appropriate to refer you for either further investigations or for a different treatment approach.

     

  • Do I have to inform or be referred by my doctor?

  •     We prefer you to tell your doctor about any treatment we give you, just as we like to know about other treatments that your doctor gives you.

       However you do not have to be referred by your doctor and although some people are referred by their GP the majority come on recommendation of friends or relations who have been successfully treated.

     

  • What happens after treatment?

  •     It is quite common to feel a little sore or achy for a day or two after treatment and you may be advised to use a cold compress during this time to settle down any inflammation.

       Conversely you may feel some immediate relief from your symptoms in which case you should be careful not to overdo activities following treatment as this may aggravate your problem.

     

 

Opening Times:

Monday: 9am - 6pm
Tuesday: 8.30am - 6pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 8.30am - 6pm
Friday: 8.30am - 5pm

Our fees:

Initial consultation & treatment (1 hour): £45
Follow-up treatment (1/2 hour): £35

We accept payments by cash, cheque or debit card.

Barry is a registered provider for BUPA and WPA.

Most private health insurance companies recognise osteopathic treatment. Please contact your insurance company for details.