1. What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a complete system of medicine which restores the structural integrity of the body. The body is seen as a complete unit; with all systems and functions inter-related, and because of this, treatment is always to the whole body, rather than just the part which appears to be causing problems.

2. What can osteopathy treat?

Osteopathy can treat an enormous range of symptoms for people of all ages; from pregnancy to the newborn, child, teenager, adult and also for those in later life. It is generally thought of as a treatment for “bad backs,” but, as seen in earlier pages of this website, it is not just for treatment of the musculoskeletal system. It incorporates bio-mechanical problems, results of trauma and injuries including those from road traffic accidents and sports injuries, osteoarthritis (wear and tear), postural changes during pregnancy, birth trauma and the newborn, and for problems arising from orthodontic treatment/false teeth/tooth extraction.

3. Who is suitable for treatment?

People of all ages are suitable for treatment: from pregnancy, to birth, infant, child, teenager, adult and the elderly.

4. What happens during a consultation?

During a consultation, I will take a careful, in-depth case history regarding the problem you are presenting with; your general state of health, and your personal history of any illnesses or injuries you have suffered from. Following this, I will examine you thoroughly to ensure that it is safe to treat you, and to determine you have no underlying pathology. I will then carry out a thorough osteopathic examination to assess what is going on before finally treating you. Osteopathic treatment is gentle and rhythmic, and should not be painful, although the injured area may be a little sore.

5. Does the treatment hurt?

The treatment should not hurt, it is very gentle. However, sometimes the injured part of your body may be a little sore, but generally, the treatment should be a pleasant experience. You may feel a little tired and achey in the 24-48 hours after treatment, as the body is still making adjustments.

6. Will I have to get undressed?

In order to carry out the necessary examinations and assessment, I will ask you to remove your clothing down to your underwear. If you would rather not stand in your underwear, you are welcome to wear shorts or sports tops. I will ensure that you are warm and comfortable, and that you retain your dignity. You may bring a chaperone with you if you wish.

7. How long will the treatment take?

The initial appointment will take up to an hour; follow-up appointments usually take 30-40 minutes.

8. Do I need to be referred by my GP?

You do not need a referral from your GP. However, if you are claiming on your insurance, you may need to have a form signed by your GP first; so it would be as well to check beforehand.

9. Can I claim on my medical insurance?

It is usually fine to claim your expenses on your medical insurance, although it would be as well to check with your provider beforehand.

10. Will I need regular checkups?

The number of treatments required depends on the severity of problem you are presenting with, and on your general health. Some people need just a few treatments; others take longer. This will be discussed with you at the time of consultation. Some people with long-standing, chronic complaints will benefit from regular maintenance treatment. (Think of your body being kept in working order in the same way as you would give your car a regular service. You wouldn’t expect your car to keep running smoothly unless it was was regularly maintained).

11. What if I need to cancel or change my appointment?

Even if you cannot speak to me directly, there is an answer-phone on at all times. Therefore you will be able to leave a message, and I will return your call as soon as I possibly can. Please note that cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice, or missed appointments, will be charged at the full rate.

12. Is osteopathy safe, and regulated?

It takes a 4-year full time course to train to be an osteopath, and we are sufficiently trained to recognise when or when not to treat a patient. There is strict regulation in the UK that all osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council, our governing body.

For more information or to book an appointment please call 01243 543477 or email info@osteopathychichester.co.uk


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