Frequently asked Questions (click question for answer)

What should I expect from subsequent treatments?

Following some questioning about the changes to your condition a brief re-examination is made. This allows the progression of treatment to be assessed objectively and ensures that it is adapted accordingly. During these visits both hands-on treatment is provided as well as advice regarding exercises or lifestyle modifications that will assist in your recovery. Any questions you may have can be addressed along the way. 

How frequent are treatments?

This depends on the problem and its severity. In some cases, particularly when the pain is acute, then it is more effective to see the patient again within a few days. Generally treatments are spaced roughly one week apart, although as the condition begins to improve they may be spaced more widely.

Some patients feel that they benefit from visits on a regular basis despite the absence of any pain. In such cases they may chose to attend every few weeks or months for a check-up, and can simply book themselves in.

What should I wear?

Please wear loose clothing that is comfortable, although you will normally be asked to undress down to your underwear so we can carry out a thorough examination.

We do use towels to cover you during the examination although you can wear shorts if these are more comfortable.

Does osteopathic treatment hurt?

Osteopathic treatment is generally very gentle but if your muscles are very inflamed or you are in acute pain you may experience some post treatment discomfort. This rarely lasts for more than 48 hours and is a normal and healthy response as your body starts to adjust and begins to recover. By following simple aftercare advice given to you by your osteopath, any discomfort should quickly ease but if you have any concerns, please contact us.

Can I bring a friend or relative?

Yes we encourage patients to bring a friend or relative to be present during the consultation and treatment.

We request that all patients under the age of 16 years old must attend with a chaperone.

Do I need a referral from my doctor before I can see you?

No. Most patients refer themselves directly to an osteopath.

Is osteopathy covered by my private health insurance?

Many private healthcare insurance schemes provide cover for osteopathic treatment. Before booking your appointment, please check the terms and conditions of your individual policy about the level of available cover and whether you need to be referred by your GP or a specialist. At Blackshots Osteopathic Centre we are registered with WPA, Aviva, Simply Health and Pru Health.

What qualifications do osteopaths have?

All osteopaths have to complete a four or five year degree course which is similar to a medical degree but with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal dysfunction. This academic knowledge is supported by extensive clinical skills and over 1000 hours of applied technique and treatment.

Are osteopaths regulated?

Yes, all osteopaths are required by law to register with the General Osteopathic Council who regulate the practice of osteopathy in the United Kingdom, setting and promoting strict standards of osteopathic training, safe practice, conduct and care.

At Blackshots Osteopathic Centre patient care and satisfaction are extremely important to us. If you are unhappy about any aspect of your treatment, please talk to us as soon as possible so we can address your concerns and resolve any issues to your satisfaction. 

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