Frequently asked Questions
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.
Can I bring a friend or relative?
Yes – if you wish, you can have
someone present throughout your consultation and
Does it hurt?
Some soft tissue treatment 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. You may feel a little stiff or
sore after treatment. This is a normal, healthy
response to the treatment.
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 – and national guidelines say it should
be available everywhere for low back pain.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you need
depends on the condition and person we are treating.
We aim to keep your appointments to a minimum. Your
osteopath will be able to tell you within a short
period of time whether they can treat you or if they
need to refer you to someone else.
How long will the appointment last?
Your initial appointment will last
about an hour and consist of a discussion of the
problem, a physical examination, following which we
will discuss the findings with you and explain the
cause of your pain before agreeing the best course of
action prior to commencing treatment.