For appointments please call: 01223 315 400
The Therapy Room
25 Oxford Road
Tel: 01223 315 400
1 Lower Grosvenor Place
Tel: 07742 850418
What training do osteopaths have to undergo?
Osteopaths are required to complete a four or five year degree course from
one of the established osteopathic schools and colleges. Many subjects covered are similar to those at medical schools such as anatomy,
physiology, neurology however osteopathy students work hands on from the first week of study. All practitioners are required to attend
regular post graduate education programmes and be registered with the General Osteopathic Council.
How many treatments will I
The number of treatments depends on the severity of the problem and the length of time that you have suffered from it.
Many patients will only require one to three treatments. Others benefit from a maintenance treatment periodically perhaps every six
Do I need to contact my GP prior to making an appointment?
No. Like doctors, osteopaths are primary healthcare
practitioners and are well-qualified to make a diagnosis and will refer you to your GP if they suspect anything serious or unsuitable
for osteopathic treatment.
What is the difference between an osteopath, chiropractor and a physiotherapist?
the three have shared more and more in common. The most acurate answer is that we differ greatly in our philosophies which makes our
treatments different. From a patient's point of view an osteopath and a chiropractor are more likely to treat using a hands
on treatment than a physiotherapist who emphasises the importance of specific exercise programmes. Osteopaths are likely to incorporate
the health of other areas in relation to the chief complaint, focussing more on soft tissues and joints than chiropractors who commonly
focus mainly on the spine and releasing those joints. However the most important piece of advice is to go to a practitioner with a
good reputation and who effects a significant improvement within a few treatments. Although symptoms can take a while to disappear
if they have existed for a long time, do not go to someone who keeps you coming back week after week without any improvement.
osteopathic treatment hurt?
Osteopathy should never be rough and should always be controlled. When releasing or clicking joints
patients can be nervous but it is usually painless. The clicking is not always neccessary but can help to release stuck joints significantly.
Sometimes you may feels sore after treatment if areas which have not been moved for a long time are released again.
What do I need to bring?
If you have them, it may be useful but not essential to bring any X-rays, scans or blood test results
as well as your prescription list. Should you wish to you may bring sportswear such as shorts and a vest top or comfortable underwear
as you are likely to be required to undress so that areas can be treated effectively.