FAQ

What can osteopathy help with?


Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and treatment which addresses pain and dysfunction in the body and can be used for a wide range of injuries and ailments. Osteopathy can help but is not limited to the following: - Back pain - Sports Injuries - Sciatica and trapped nerves - Spinal disc injuries - Arthritic pain - Headaches - Whiplash - Neck and shoulder pain - Joint and muscle aches - Postural problems - Frozen Shoulder - Fibromyalgia - Knee pain - Tennis elbow - Repetitive strain




Is osteopathy suitable for me?


Osteopaths assess and treat people of all ages from newborns and babies, to children, adults, sports people, pregnant women and the elderly. During the initial consultation, the osteopath will ask questions about your presenting complaint, your general health and past medical history and carry out a physical examination. If there are any signs of serious conditions that the osteopath can not treat, they will advise that you see your GP or go to hospital for further tests.




Will treatment be painful?


Generally osteopathy does not hurt, however some techniques are more uncomfortable than others, especially when working on sore painful areas. If you are not happy or in discomfort please do not hesitate to tell your osteopath straight away. Due to the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to feel achy or stiff in the 24- 48 hours following treatment. If you have any concerns please contact your osteopath for advice.




Do I need a referral to see an osteopath?


No you do not require a referral to visit an osteopath.




What happens on my first visit?


A thorough case history will be taken, covering details on your presenting complaint, your general health and your past medical history. Following that, a physical examination is conducted to assess posture and mobility. Some specific tests may be carried out to assist with diagnosis and to help discover any underlying causes. Because of the body's structure, pain or stiffness you may be experiencing in one area may be linked to a problem elsewhere. Please be aware that you may be asked to undress to your underwear for this. The osteopath will discuss their findings, diagnosis and treatment plan. With your consent hands-on treatment will begin. Self-help measures and exercises may be offered at the end of treatment to assist your recovery. If you are unsure of anything or have any questions regarding your diagnosis or treatment please do not hesitate to ask.




Why does the osteopath need to know my medical history?


It is necessary that the osteopath has as much information about your medical conditions as possible to aid with diagnosis and to help to decide whether it is safe and appropriate to treat you. All information you provide is kept confidential under the Data Protection Act 1988.




How long are the appointments?


The first visit is 50 minutes long and includes a minimum of 30 minutes of hands on treatment. Follow up treatments are 30 minutes long. If you wish to have longer treatment time please discuss with the osteopath.




How many treatments will I need?


The number of treatments required will depend on your presenting complaint, the severity and how long you have had it. With cases where the pain is more acute, a number of treatments in a shorter space of time may be more effective. Generally treatments are spaced one week apart, although as the condition improves they become more spaced out.




How can I pay for my treatment?


Payment methods accepted are card, cash and cheques.




Can I bring someone with me?


Yes, you are welcome to bring a chaperone with you. Clients aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult to all treatments.




What do I need to wear?


You may be asked to undress to your underwear during the treatment. If you are uncomfortable with undressing, you are welcome to wear loose clothing, such as sweatpants or yoga trousers and a t-shirt or vest. Alternatively you can bring a pair of shorts to change into.




How do I book an appointment?


To book an appointment you can either call Kim on 07540 314 844, send an email to kimwesterman@hotmail.co.uk or send a message using the contact form. Alternatively you can contact The Therapy Lodge or YouNique to make an appointment. Appointments are available Monday-Saturday including weekday evenings.





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