FAQ

Below are some common questions on our core services, but please feel free to contact us if you have any specific question not shown below.

Osteopathy

  • What is Osteopathy?

    Osteopathy is a manual therapeutic system of diagnosis and treatment for a vast range of medical conditions. Osteopaths work with the structure and function of the body based on the original principles set out by its founder, Andrew Taylor Still; that health and well being depends on the whole body working as a unit. The Skeleton, muscles, ligaments, nervous system, organs and connective tissues must work as one and or in conjunction with each other for optimum function.

  • What can Osteopathy help with?

    Osteopathy can help with a number of musculoskeletal complaints in a number of joints, including but not restricted to the spine.

     

    People commonly visit an osteopath for;

     

    • Generalised aches and pains
    • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
    • Arthritic pain
    • General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
    • Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
    • Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention
    • Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
    • Circulatory problems
    • Cramp
    • Digestion problems
    • Joint pains, lumbago
    • Sciatica
    • Muscle spasms
    • Neuralgia
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Inability to relax
    • Rheumatic pain
    • Minor sports injuries and tensions
  • Will I be treated on my first visit?

    The primary aim of your initial consultation is to establish what is wrong and whether osteopathy is a safe and appropriate treatment for you. Providing there are no contraindications to treatment we would normally expect to treat you on your first visit as there is extra time allocated for the case history.

  • How many treatments will I need?

    Every patient responds slightly differently to osteopathy, but your practitioner will discuss with you on your first visit your diagnosis, the common anticipated number of treatments needed and a realistic timeline for recovery known as a prognosis. In some cases more chronic ailments may be best served being treated at regular intervals to maintain optimum functions and keep symptoms from returning as much as possible, this is known as maintenance treatment.

  • What will techniques are used in treatment?

    The treatment and techniques chosen will depend on a number of factors from the nature of your complaint how acute or chronic it  is as well as your past medical history as well as your preferences and expectations. Your osteopath may use a number of the following:

     

    • direct and rhythmic movement techniques
    • strength and stretch methods for muscles
    • soft and connective tissue techniques
    • neuromuscular therapy
    • joint manipulation
    • techniques to encourage fluid flow and tissue repair
    • medical acupuncture
    • indirect, gentle, harmonic approaches
    • Medical acupuncture where appropriate
    • Kinesiology taping
  • Do I need to bring anything with me to my appointment?

    Please bring details of any prescribed medication or supplements you are taking. It may be of benefit if you have any recent relevant X-rays, scans or medical reports to bring these with you. Also bring any orthotics, braces or supports you use.

  • Do I need to see my GP first?

    You do not need to consult your GP or doctor before seeking osteopathic treatment, however your GP or doctor are able to refer; the British Medical Association advise doctors that they may safely refer patients to osteopaths. Occasionally we need to contact your GP about aspects of your health and medical history. We will always obtain your consent before contacting your GP or other medical carers.

  • How will I feel after treatment?

    Please bring details of any prescribed medication or supplements you are taking. It may be of benefit if you have any recent relevant X-rays, scans or medical reports to bring these with you. Also bring any orthotics, braces or supports you useaMost osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will aim to make you as comfortable as possible.

     

    There are techniques which may cause some short term discomfort or pain.

    You may experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns..

  • Is Osteopathy Safe?

    Osteopathy carries few risks, and the vast majority of patients find treatment helpful. Adverse reactions are not uncommon however and about half of people have the following effects for a couple of days after treatment, most commonly after the first one or two sessions.

     

    •  A increase in pain or stiffness
    •  A mild headache
    •  Tiredness

    Severe adverse reactions are very rare. Osteopaths are trained to to a high level in order to screen patients to assess their suitability for osteopathic treatment. Your osteopath should always adapt their techniques appropriately or they may decide that treatment is not suitable for the patient and in this situation will discuss other treatment options, referring patients to other medical professionals as appropriate.

  • What if my condition changes over time?

    It is important you tell your osteopath if your medical condition changes over time. This includes any new injuries or change of medications.

     

  • What should I wear?

    Osteopathic diagnosis and treatment involves both observation and palpation, therefore you will probably be asked to undress to your underwear (especially at the first consultation) but it is not compulsory. Your privacy will be respected at all times. If you feel uncomfortable about this please bring clothing you will feel more comfortable in, such as a pair of sports shorts and sports bra for the ladies. If it is important to you that you are seen by a practitioner of the same gender, please make it clear at the time of booking, it is not a problem!

  • Can I bring a chaperone?

    You are welcome to bring a friend or family member with you or anyone you would be more comfortable with being present.. However, please be aware that they will become party to all conversation during the appointment. Anyone under the age of 16 should be accompanied at all times by a parent or appointed guardian.

  • Do you take health insurance?

    The Body Balance Osteopaths are in the process of getting registered with a range of private health insurers. We advise you contact us before making your booking. Call 0800 987 5336, send a message via email or use our contact us form.

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