Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between an Osteopath, Physiotherapist and Chiropractor?
What will happen on my first visit?
The initial consultation will last for 45minutes. Within this time a full case history will be taken,this should take up to 20 minutes to build a picture of your case. Following on from this, a thorough examination will be conducted involving going through some basic movements and tests. You will then be given a diagnosis. If treatment is appropriate, you will be offered the option to have treatment on the the day, if not at another time at your convenience.
Will I have to undress?
You may be asked to undress partially for treatment so that you can be assessed if you are comfortable to do so. You are advised to bring a pair of loose shorts or appropriate underwear to your appointment and you are welcome to bring a chaperone along if you wish.
Is Osteopathy safe?
All Osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and have untaken 4-5 years of extensive training to be granted use of the title 'Osteopath'. Any contraindications to treatment will be flagged up during your initial consultation, in which case you may be referred on to the appropriate healthcare professional if warranted.
Shall I book for Osteopathy or a Sports Massage?
In having a Sports Massage no diagnosis is made although you may be given advice on what potentially could be causing some of the tightness within the musculature. Osteopathy will provide you with a suscint diagnosis and treatment plan. Osteopathy places great focus on identifying the cause of the symptoms to provide long term pain relief, whereas Sports Massage provides somewhat of a short term relief as treatment is focused solely on the symptoms that the patient presents with.
Do you take card payments?
Yes we take all credit and debit cards, as well as accepting cash, cheques and bank transfers.