Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DOES TREATMENT INVOLVE?
A combination of osteopathic and conventional diagnostic techniques, treatment is based on mobilising and manipulative procedures tailored to the individual patient, reinforced where appropriate by guidance on diet, lifestyle and exercise.
WHO VISITS AN OSTEOPATH?
A wide range of people! Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sportspeople. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.
DO I NEED TO BE REFERRED BY MY GP?
Most patients visit an osteopath of their own accord, but some may be referred by a doctor. Osteopaths are trained to recognise when Osteopathy will not help a medical condition and will refer a patient to a GP when necessary. Increasingly, osteopaths are working alongside GPs and other healthcare professionals, providing treatment both privately and through the NHS. Commonly referred conditions include back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, sport- and work-related injuries, arthritic pain, joint pain and some digestive disorders.