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1. Will I have to undress in my appointment?
To make a diagnosis and treatment, it is usual for the osteopath to ask you to remove clothing from the area being examined and treated. This may mean undressing down to underwear. Your practitioner will explain to you how much clothing it will be necessary to remove and then leave you to undress in private and provide you with a blanket so that you can cover yourself. If you are uncomfortable dressing down to your underwear, it may be possible for the osteopath to examine and treat you while you are wearing shorts or a t-shirt. You should discuss this with your practitioner.
2. I feel worse after treatment. Is this normal?
Roughly half of all patients treated by an osteopath will experience some localised soreness in the area tested, which will usually go away within two days and can be relieved with over-the-counter painkillers. If your discomfort persists, please contact us for further advice.
3. How does osteopathy differ from physiotherapy and chiropractic?
Osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists are all regulated health professions; all requiring practitioners to train to degree level and then to maintain their clinical skills and professional standards. Whilst all three techniques require manual therapy, they are all based on different schools of though and therefore, their approach to patients is different.
As primary healthcare professionals, osteopaths have a broad base of training, allowing them to diagnose, treat and provide advice for wide range of conditions. An osteopath will work to help your body return to normal function via the use of techniques such as movement, stretching, manipulation or deep tissue massage in order to achieve the best outcome.
Osteopaths work will all of the muscles, joints and structures of the body (including the spine) and use gentle, focused manipulation techniques in order to mobilise the spine and other structures. They will continuously examine the body in order to monitor any changes throughout the treatment. In comparison, a chiropractor will tend to focus on the spinal joints alone, using a different method of manipulation.
When compared to physiotherapists, osteopaths tend to use a more hands-on, individualised approach to assessing and treating patients. Osteopaths will begin by taking a full case history in order to understand the patient in the context of their lifestyle. Once complete, they will then use a combination of skilled observation and palpation in order to feel how well the body is functioning. This will then form an intrinsic part of developing a personalised treatment plan for each patient.
4. How much will treatment cost?
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5. Does osteopathic treatment hurt?
It is usually very gentle, but manipulating, massaging or stretching an injured area may be uncomfortable. Your practitioner will explain what you are likely to feel and will stop if you tell them that the treatment is causing you too much pain.
Can I bring a chaperone?
Yes, osteopaths are happy for you to be accompanied by another adult during all or part of your treatment, if it makes you feel more comfortable. Children should always be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout treatment.