Frequently Asked Questions
In osteopathy we are asked a variety of questions, here are the answers to our FAQs to get you started.
Do I need to bring anything with me for my appointment?
Will I need to undress?
What can osteopathy help with?
– to reduce/relieve pain
– to return to normal daily activities after an injury
– because they are worried about their health
We are primary healthcare professionals and can advise on a wide range of health concerns, including referral to other health professionals when appropriate.
Seeking help early is always key and if you are suffering from a long standing condition, a new problem or occasional discomfort, taking advice and getting preventative treatment can a huge difference to your long term health.
In the same way that people visit a dentist to reduce the possibility of needing a filling, occasional check-ups with an osteopath means that potential problems can be identified and treated before they become a real issue.
What is the difference between an osteopath, chiropractor and a physiotherapist?
For an in-depth answer to this question, check out my blog post bit.ly/osteochirophysio for more information.
Can I bring a chaperone?
In addition, anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or appointed guardian at all times during their examination and treatment.
Should I tell my doctor that I am seeing an osteopath?
We sometimes need to contact your GP about aspects of your health and medical history but would always obtain your consent before contacting any medical carers.
At the end of your treatment and assuming you have no objections, we send your GP a summary of any problems identified and your osteopathic treatment to ensure your medical records are kept up to date.
Will I be treated on my first visit?
How will I feel after treatment?
Most people initially feel easier after treatment although it is not unusual to experience a treatment reaction and become more uncomfortable as the day goes on. Where there is a reaction the discomfort can last 24-48 hours and this can be managed using over the counter pain relief such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.
We will advise you on the best option and if you have any concerns about how things feel after a treatment, please get in touch.
How often will I need to be seen?
Can I help myself?
Should I take pain killers?
Many patients are reluctant to take painkillers however, the sensible use of medication can be extremely useful, especially in the early phases of some conditions allowing you to keep mobile and function where pain would otherwise make it more difficult.
Your osteopath will provide advice on the suitability of over the counter pain medication as well as other options that could help to ease discomfort including the use of heat and/or cold packs, pain relieving gels or gentle exercises.
Can someone come and treat me at home?
Is osteopathy safe?
– an increase in joint pain/ stiffness
– mild headache
– increased tiredness
Severe adverse reactions happen very rarely as we are trained to medically screen patients to assess their suitability for osteopathic treatment. Your osteopath will adapt their techniques appropriately or they may even decide that treatment is not suitable and will discuss other treatment options, referring you to another medical professional as appropriate.