Frequently Asked Questions
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a hands on approach to healthcare that is focused around the structural and functional relationship of the body. It is a holistic approach to diagnosing and treating the body, focusing on the bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, circulation and nerves to improve your health and well being.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No, you can make an appointment directly without a referral. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition and require complex care you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance
What do I need to bring?
Bring along any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have.
Am I required to arrive early for my first appointment?
Yes you should arrive early for your first appointment as you will need to fill out initial paperwork.
Is osteopathic treatment painful?
Most osteopathic treatment is manual therapy and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will aim to make you as comfortable as possible.
There are techniques which may cause some short term discomfort or pain.
You may experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns.
Do I have to remove my clothes?
Depending on the area of your body requiring treatment, your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear. If this is the case you will be offered a gown or covered with a towel.
How many appointments will I need?
This depends on your condition. Generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits. Long term or chronic conditions may require more treatment. Your osteopath will discuss this with you.