What is the difference between osteopaths and chiropractors?
There are more similarities than differences but in general chiropractors will focus mainly on the spine and the joints, while osteopaths are concerned with the rest of the body as well. However, some chiropractors practice more like osteopaths and some osteopaths practice more like chiropractors. So the differences are not always that clear.
What is the treatment like and does it hurt?
Through a variety of gentle techniques (including stretching, massage and manipulation) our treatment works to promote your body’s natural healing process. It isn't usually painful but you may feel sore or stiff in the first few days after treatment.
Do I have to be referred by a doctor?
No, osteopaths can assess and treat without referral by a doctor. However some health insurers require a doctors referral before they authorise cover of fees.
What happens at my first appointment?
A full case history will be taken, during which you will be asked questions about your complaint and past medical history.
An examination will be carried out and a diagnosis made. If osteopathic treatment is suitable it will then be given to you.
Depending on the location and nature of your complaint you may be asked to undress down to your underwear for both examination and treatment. However, if this is a problem for you, wearing loose-fitting clothing will be fine.
Are osteopaths regulated?
Yes. Osteopaths are health professionals who have undergone a minimum of four years full time training, and are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. This organisation was set up to protect the public so that whenever you see an osteopath, you can be sure they meet the required high standards.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will vary depending on the problem and individual. Some problems may only require one treatment. On average, simple conditions can be treated successfully in two to three appointments. More complex problems may take considerably longer.
Many patients decide that they would like to have periodic “maintenance” treatments to help prevent problems from recurring.
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a way of detecting and treating damaged parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. It recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. When the body is balanced and efficient, so it will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living.
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