1. Can you provide exercise advice?
Yes, exercises will be provided to help with recovery and rehabilitation. We would also recommend engaging in a fitness program such as that offered by Horsham Bootcamps.
2. How do I prepare for the first session?
We will ask you for the full list of any symptoms you have experienced – this helps us to determine the best course of action. We will also need to know any medical conditions you may suffer from. If you are taking any medication it is helpful to bring a copy of your repeat prescription form with you along with details of any investigations that may have already been undertaken; e.g. X-Rays, MRI’s, Blood tests.
3. Do I need a GP referral to see an osteopath?
No, you don’t need a GP referral to have a treatment with us. However, your GP may refer you to an Osteopath if they think that this will be a suitable treatment for your injury.
4. Does treatment hurt?
Osteopathy is designed to be a gentle form of treatment, some patients feel small amounts of pain when treating the area of injury. The pain will subside after a few hours but many patients don’t feel any pain while undergoing treatment, if it lasts longer than a day let us know and we can work out how to fix the problem. And please do not hesitate to say if you feel any pain whilst in treatment, we are here to help you.
5. How many sessions will I need?
Depending on the severity of your injury, it may only take one to six sessions for recent injuries. More chronic injuries may take up to ten sessions, possibly more if you have not fully recovered after this time. But it is all based on how you feel, and how well the injury is responding to treatment. We will continually assess how the treatment is benefitting you and we may change the treatment approach if needed – this will be discussed with you to ensure you are happy with your treatment.
6. What training do Osteopaths have?
All osteopaths must have completed a recognised course which takes 4-6 years depending on whether it is carried out on a full time or part time basis. A list of osteopathy courses can be found here. Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council which can be found here.
7. Can I have Osteopathic treatment during Pregnancy?
Osteopathic treatment can help the body to adapt to the physical changes that occur during pregnancy. The techniques used are gentle on the body however we would recommend avoiding treatments during weeks 12 – 16.
8. Can I have Osteopathic treatment after surgery?
Yes, osteopathy can be a great way to relieve pain and help rehabilitation. It does depend on the kind of surgery you have undertaken, but if you call us we can confirm whether or not an osteopathic treatment will benefit you.
9. What might osteopathic treatment be useful for?
Osteopathic treatment is mainly used to relieve pain and stress by using gentle techniques to carry out treatment. It is a non-medicinal option, if you do not want to take medicine and want professional help, visiting us is a great alternative.
10. How do I give feedback or make a complaint?
We will take all feedback into account and we are very grateful of any suggested improvements that we can make. Please contact us with any complaints so we can try and resolve them for you.
11. How much does an appointment cost?
The first session will cost £45 and subsequent sessions cost £40 for a treatment.
12. How long is a session?
The first session will last around 45 minutes, where we will take all your details, examine you to help figure out what the problem is, and design a specific treatment session around you. After that appointments will last around 30 minutes.
13. What will happen in my appointment?
We will take medical details from you including details of your current issue along with previous medical history. We will then carry out an evaluation of your affected area which may include asking you to carry out some movements to help us determine the possible causes of the injury. We will then carry out treatment to help reduce the pain and encourage healing of the body.
14. Do I have to undress?
You will normally be asked to undress down to your underwear. We will need to look at you in various positions and ask you to carry out some movements when we examine you. This is a normal part of the examination process and allows us to determine what the problem might be along with other contributing factors. If you are uncomfortable with this please let us know so we can find a way to work around this. We can provide gowns or towels if you would feel more comfortable with these. Please also feel free to bring along a relative or friend to act as a chaperone if required.
15. What should I wear?
Anything you find comfortable, that is also easy to take off, leggings, tights or shorts plus a loose top are the most advisable form of clothing to wear to a session.
16. How does osteopathy differ from physiotherapy or chiropractic?
Physiotherapy is designed to help restore movement and functionality after an injury. Physiotherapy details can be found here. Chiropractic is designed to treat the nervous system and general health by manipulation of the spine, with full details here. Osteopathy treats the body as a whole and aims to treat not only the painful area of the body but also to look at why the injury has occurred and how we can avoid the problem re-occurring. They do all have the same aim to reduce pain and to allow the body to heal however each practice employs different techniques.
17. What do I need to bring?
If you are taking any medication it would be helpful if you could bring along your current repeat prescription form with you.
18. What can osteopathy help with?
Osteopathic treatment can be used in a whole array of different problems. A list of common injuries treated are:
- Back and neck pain
- Aches and pain also including joint pains
- Sport and dance injuries
- Muscle spasms
- Headache arising from the neck
- Elbow and shoulder pain
19. Am I too old/ young for osteopathy?
There are no age restrictions on osteopathy and we will be happy to treat anyone that needs our help.
20. What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a way of treating pain, improving blood flow and restoring movement with gentle forms of treatment. No medication is needed as osteopathy employs variety of techniques including massaging, stretching stiff joints, articulation and high-velocity thrusts to help you. Every problem is different, so your treatment will be tailored to you specifically.
21. Will I need to see my doctor first?
No, you don’t need to see your doctor first, you can get private treatment from us but your doctor might refer you to a osteopath if they think it will help your treatment.