Osteopathy: what to expect during your visit
There is a first time for everything and not knowing what to expect can make you feel uncomfortable. We’ve found that one of the best ways to have a successful patient relationship is to explain everything in advance. When you come into our clinic you will feel relaxed and at home.
Osteopathic treatment often involves a series of visits, each treatment building on the ones before. We explain our diagnosis and treatment plan in a straightforward way so that you are sure to understand. The more you understand why we are working in a particular way, the better results you will get.
You will feel safe because you are in good hands.
What should I wear?
As with any medical examination, you will probably be asked to undress to your underwear, so please wear something you are comfortable in. Loose joggers and a sports top are acceptable. Even if you only have knee pain we will still need to examine your spine. Misalignment in the spine or pelvis can result in hip, knee or foot pain, so don't be surprised if your osteopath asks to look at your back.
Can I bring a friend or relative?
Yes – if you wish, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment. For children having osteopathy we ask that an appropriate adult comes with them.
Does it hurt?
Some soft tissue treatment, or massage, may cause discomfort during treatment. Your osteopath will tell you what to expect and will want you to let them know if you are in pain, so please tell your osteopath if the pressure is too strong. Sometimes you may feel a little stiff or sore after treatment. This is a normal, healthy response to the treatment and will pass within a day or so.
Do I need to see my doctor first?
You do not need to see your doctor first if you are paying for your own treatment. However, some insurance companies require you to see your doctor first. Osteopathy is available on the NHS in some areas; national guidelines say it should be available everywhere for low back pain. Unfortunately this is not always the case.
How much does treatment cost?
Please check our price list page for current charges. If you are on a low income please tell us as we may be able to offer a concessionary rate.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you need depends on your problem and how long you have had it. You can work with us to keep your appointments to a minimum. Your osteopath will be able to tell you within a short period of time whether treatment is suitable for you or if you need to be referred to someone else. On your first visit, your osteopath will be able to give you an idea of how many treatments you will need. They will discuss how to prevent your condition from recurring and will suggest exercise and a maintenance plan, if appropriate.
|Mardi Jamieson||Gillian Sheffer|
|Osteopathy consultation and 1st treatment. Allow 45 minutes
|Osteopathy 2nd and subsequent treatments. Allow 30 minutes
|Cranial Osteopathy consultation and 1st treatment. Allow 45 minutes
£55 (child £48)
|Cranial Osteopathy 2nd and subsequent treatments. Allow 30 minutes
£45 (child £38)
For full details see our Price List.