FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


What kind of problems can be treated with Osteopathy?

Whilst Back and Neck Pain are among the most common complaints seen, Osteopathy can help with a wide range of problems including: Repetitive Strain Injury, Postural problems caused by work or driving strains, Arthritic Pain, Pregnancy, Sports Injuries, Neuralgia, Sciatica, Childhood Injuries, Joint Stiffness and Pain, Menstrual Pain, Muscle Tension.


What if my condition is unsuitable for Osteopathy?

Osteopaths are trained in diagnosis and carry out a full case history and examination prior to treatment. 

Your case history and examination will be used to make the diagnosis. If your condition would not benefit from Osteopathy, you will be advised of this straight away and informed of the best options for successful treatment.


What can I expect on my first visit?

When you visit us for the first time a full case history will be taken including details of your current problem, your past medical history and your general health and well being.   A thorough examination will be carried out to enable the osteopath to determine the full nature of the problem.

The examination typically involves carrying out a simple series of movements to identify areas of dysfunction and Palpation techniques will reveal any areas of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body. Work and lifestyle factors are also taken into consideration to enable a full diagnosis and treatment plan to be developed for you.

Treatment normally begins on your first visit; following treatment, advice can be given on self- help and how you can minimise the risk of further strain or injury in between visits.


What does treatment involve?

Osteopaths use a ‘hands on’ approach and can use a wide variety of treatment techniques to suit you as an individual and for the problem being treated.  This may include soft tissue techniques, rhythmic passive joint mobilisation or high velocity thrust techniques designed to improve mobility and the range of movement of a joint.

Gentle release techniques are widely used, especially when treating children or the elderly. 


How long does treatment last?

On your first visit we allow up to 1 hour for your initial consultation, examination, diagnosis and treatment. Subsequent treatments thereafter are up to 30 minutes.


How many treatments will I need?

As Osteopathy is patient centred and geared to you as an individual you will be advised of this after your initial assessment and examination.


How much does treatment cost?

Your initial consultation with treatment is charged at a rate of £52 for up to an hour’s session. 

Subsequent treatments are charged at £42 for up to a half hour session.


Are there any age restrictions for treatment?

There is no age barrier to receiving Osteopathic treatment. Osteopathic techniques are adaptable to all ages and to the individual needs of the patient.


What is the difference between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor?

Osteopaths and Chiropractors work independently and make their own diagnoses using hands on evaluation and treatment on a one to one basis.  Whilst Osteopaths tend to use a wider variety of manual techniques, including soft tissue techniques, rhythmic passive joint mobilisation or high velocity techniques, Chiropractors tend to use primarily high velocity thrust techniques.


Do I need a referral from my GP?

GP referral is not necessary for treatment. Most Osteopathic patients tend to ‘self-refer’ for treatment however we do get GP referrals and we encourage patients to keep both your GP and your Osteopath fully informed in order that medical records are kept up to date and complete.


Is Osteopathic treatment available on the NHS?

Currently access to Osteopathy on the NHS is limited and at present is not available in Poynton, but support continues to grow as commissioning authorities recognise the benefits of providing Osteopathy to patients.


Can I have Osteopathy on my private medical insurance?

Most private healthcare providers with ‘extras or axillary’ cover full or part payments for treatments.  What we do ask is that patients pay for their treatment on attendance, where we will provide a full payment receipt.

You can then claim back from your healthcare provider directly.

 
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