Frequently Asked Questions


Does it hurt?

As a general rule Osteopathic techniques are chosen to best suit the individual patient and their complaint. The Osteopath aims to make the patient as comfortable as possible at all times during the treatment. Some techniques can feel a bit uncomfortable or sore but not cause pain. Some patients can feel a little sore after treatment for the next 24-48hrs but this is nothing to worry about. Keep yourself mobile, comfortable and drink plenty of water.

Do I have to undress?

During the examination after the case history the Osteopath may ask you to remove some clothing. This is so the Osteopath can properly diagnose and palpate (refined form of touch) and treat the area(s) causing a problem. However, the Osteopath will never ask you to do something you do not feel comfortable doing. So if you feel more comfortable bring along some shorts, vest or light clothing to wear. The Osteopath will do their best to respect your modesty.

Remember that you are free to bring along a friend or relative with you to act as your chaperone at any time.

How many treatments does it take to get me better?

As an Osteopath, our aim is to get you back to full health and function as quickly as possible. The number of treatments a patient needs varies dependant on each individual and their complaint. However on average patients require 2-10 treatments to achieve optimum function. The number of treatments the Osteopath predicts that you will require to gain optimum health and function will be discussed with you after the diagnosis has been explained.

What is the difference between an Osteopath, Chiropractor and Physiotherapist?

All modalities have the same aim, to put the patient first to decrease a patients pain, discomfort, lack of function and improve the problem by improving structure, function and overall general health. All the different modalities have slightly different philosophies, techniques and procedures to achieve this.

A chiropractor may take an X ray and concentrates on the spine and pelvis to improve function of the body.

Chiropractors tend to use the most manipulations (Click techniques) than the other two modalities to achieve this. Physiotherapists may use other means and devices to achieve improved health of the patient such as ultra sound. Physiotherapists will use “hands on techniques” but they will also use exercises to achieve improved function. Osteopaths will use mainly “hands on techniques” but also may give out exercises and lifestyle advice.

Osteopathy follows a set of philosophies including that the structure of the body governs function of the body. The rule of the nerve and artery is supreme, tissues must have a good nerve and blood supply. And to find it, fix it and leave it alone.

Do I have to be referred by my doctor?

No you do not have to be referred by your doctor. However many GP’s set up a good referral system with local Osteopaths and actively refer patients. Currently osteopathy is fully recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC) and British Medical Association (BMA), however only a few osteopaths are working within the NHS.

Who can we treat?

Age is no barrier Osteopaths can see 1 week year old babies to those in their 90’s. If you are unsure please contact your Osteopath.

Will my health insurance company cover the cost?

A lot of health insurance companies will reimburse your osteopathic fees. Please check with your osteopath first for full details or contact your health insurance company.

"In terms of treating my lower back and sciatica, nothing has provided me with as much
relief and understanding of my condition than the treatments I have received from Ben.
Simply put it has given me my days back." Stephen Jones