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What options do I have for treatment following the Coronavirus?

I have reopened for face to face appointments, in accordance to the Government’s and our governing body guidelines. You now have the option of an in-person appointment at my surgery or an E-appointment from your location. Learn more about both options.

What clothing 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 someone?

Yes – if you wish, you can bring a friend or a relative to be present throughout your consultation and treatment.

Is it uncomfortable?

Some soft tissue treatment may cause a little discomfort during treatment. Your Osteopath will tell you what to expect, and will want you to let them know if you are in uncomfortable. On occasions, patients may feel a little stiff or sore after treatment. This is a normal, healthy response to the treatment.

Do I need to visit my GP 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.

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.

Professionalism and Safety

To qualify, an Osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, Osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). The GOSC regulates, promotes and develops the profession of Osteopathy, maintaining a Statutory Register of those entitled to practice Osteopathy. Only practitioners meeting the high standards of safety and competency are eligible to join the register. For further information on this please visit The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.