Frequently Asked Questions 

What should I wear? 

• As with any medical examination, you will probably be asked to undress to your underwear if you are happy to do so. If you do not feel comfortable undressing, then please let your osteopath know. Wearing loose-fitting separates may help, for example a roomy top and skirt rather than a dress.

Can I bring a friend or relative? 

• If you would like to have a chaperone or companion present, please bring a friend or family member with you to your appointment.

Does it hurt? 

• Some soft tissue treatment may cause discomfort during treatment. Your osteopath will tell you what to expect, and will want you to let them know if you are in pain. Some patients experience some initial aching in the first 24-48 hours after treatment, this is a normal, healthy response, but then start to gain relief. This is a normal, healthy response but if you have any concerns please contact the Practice for advice. 

Do I need to see my doctor first? 

• You do not need a doctor’s referral to see by an Osteopath, however many patients do come to us following their GP’s advice. In cases of injury or accident it is advisable to seek advice from your GP in the first instance.

How many treatments will I need? 

• It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. The osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit. Some patients only need one treatment; whilst others may have a course of therapy or return periodically for the long-term management of a condition. The treatment of each individual patient is determined according to their progression rather than a predetermined or set number of treatment sessions.
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