Do I need to be referred by my GP?
No, you do not need a GP referral to see an osteopath or sports massage therapist. During your initial consultation a full medical case history will be taken, so that we have a good understanding of your general health.
What should I wear?
Osteopathy: As with any medical examination, you may be asked to undress to your underwear. This is to enable us to carry out a full structural examination. If you would prefer, you may bring a pair of light sports shorts and a sports bra to change into.
Sports Massage: For the most effective treatment it is important we can access all areas which need attention and you feel comfortable. We recommend smaller more fitted shorts; and bra with back fastener for women.
Pilates: We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes that are not restrictive. Shoes are not worn for pilates. You may wear socks or be barefoot; whichever you prefer.
What to expect at my appointment?
At your first appointment a full case history will be taken to find out about the complaint which is troubling you, as well as your medical history.
How long do treatments last?
The initial consultation lasts up to an hour for both osteopathy and sports massage. Subsequent osteopathy sessions last about 30 minutes. During this time we will review progress, re-examine as necessary and discuss management. Depending on the condition, the actual treatment may last anywhere between 5 and 20 minutes. Sports massage treatment lengths vary, but the therapist will discuss this with you at your initial appointment.
Will it hurt?
Most osteopathic treatments do not hurt. Patients with very acute injuries may feel some discomfort during treatment. Your osteopath will discuss this with you before and during treatment, and if you feel uncomfortable at any time, just let them know. Some sports massage treatments may include deep tissue massage. The therapist will discuss the level of pressure used during treatment and will modify the intensity as needed.
How will I feel afterwards?
You may feel a little stiff or sore for a day or so after treatment. This is a normal, healthy response to treatment and is similar to that felt after taking unaccustomed exercise. Sometimes, pain relief is immediate after treatment. Often, patients notice that they are in less pain and have a better freedom of movement gradually throughout the week after treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you will need depends on a number of factors including your health and condition. At your first appointment we will propose the most appropriate treatment plan for you and keep appointments to a minimum. As a general guide, most simple strains take 2-4 weeks to heal with treatment. Some conditions may take longer, depending on many factors.
Can I claim through my health insurance?
Osteopathic treatment is covered by many insurance companies. Some require a GP referral. Please contact your health insurer to check your level of cover. Please note, all fees must be paid upfront and a receipt will be provided to claim money back from the insurer. Unfortunately we are not registered with BUPA and AXA PPP.