Osteopathy or Physio or Chiropractic or Massage?
This is a difficult question to answer as different types of treatment suit different people and each of the professions above has a variety of different types of practitioner. However, Osteopathy is a good starting point if you are unsure as it is widely trusted (including by the NHS). Beyond this Osteopaths have the advantage of being both holistic and regulated by statute.
Do Osteopaths just treat Back Pain?
As well treating back pain which could be in lower or upper back, Osteopaths also treat virtually all other joint or muscle aches. We often treat: neck pain, head aches, hip/knee/ankle/foot pain, shoulder/elbow/wrist pain. We also treat rib pain and jaw pain.
Do I need to see my GP first?
Most patients come directly to see me without seeing their GP first. So you don’t have to see your GP first. Some insurance companies require that you have seen a GP first, but you will have to check with your individual provider as their are too many to keep track of and the guideline keeps changing.
How many treatments will I need?
During your initial consultation you will be advised on whether you will require follow-up treatments and how many we estimate that you will need. As a guideline only, a recent, simple injury may take between one and three sessions. A chronic injury such as frozen shoulder or long term back pain may need more treatment. Once your problem has been resolved it may be appropriate to have maintainance or preventative treatments. This is especially the case if you are doing something on a daily basis that may be aggrevating the condition (such as using a computer for hours every day with poor posture).
How do I know that an Osteopath is qualified and registered?
The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) regulates Osteopathy in the UK. You can click on the link and search for the practitioner to check to see if they are registered The General Osteopathic Council.
Can I claim on my medical insurance?
We are covered by most medical insurance including Bupa, PPP-Axa and Norwich Union and Standard Life. Sometimes insurance companies require you to be referred by your GP. Contact your insurance company before commencing treatment and they can inform you on the process and the number of treatments that you are covered for.
Will the problem come back?
Depending on the nature of the condition, the Osteopath may give you posture, diet, exercise or naturopathic advice. It is in your best interest to follow this advise to minimise the chance of the problem re-occurring. The Osteopath will advise you if they think regular treatment is relevant to you. This can also prevent the condition from re-occurring.
When will I be able to get back to my normal exercise regime?
The Osteopath may advise you to rest and refrain from your normal exercise or sport for a certain amount of time. With minimal stress to the body, the healing process may be quicker.