- Where is the clinic?
- Can I park close to the clinic?
- What do I wear?
- Can I bring a chaperone?
- What can I expect when I attend?
- What will the osteopathic examination include?
- What does the treatment include?
- Does Osteopathy hurt?
- Can I claim on health insurance?
- What is the General Osteopathic Council?
Where is the clinic?
We’re based at Sampson House. Our clinic is directly above David Burr estate agents. For those who struggle with stairs we have the use of a ground floor treatment room at Woolpit Complementary. Please make this clear at time of booking if you have trouble with the stairs for more information please visit their website here.
Can I park close to the clinic?
There is plenty of free parking in the village including a car park directly opposite the church.
What do I wear?
Usually it is necessary to remove some items of clothing so that the area to be examined can be exposed. We advise wearing loose clothing such as tracksuit trousers or shorts and a t-shirt/vest top. We will be able to complete our examination without you removing these.
If you have any concerns about what you need to wear or what we will asked to be remove please contact us before the consultation or when you enter the consulting room.
Can I bring a chaperone?
If you wish you can ask for a chaperone or bring a friend or relative to your consultation. We do not need to be informed of this prior to the consultation.
What Can I Expect When I Attend?
- discuss the symptoms you are experiencing and ask you questions about your general health, lifestyle and medical history
- examine you
- outline the treatment programme
- use our hands to gently work on the muscles, bones and joints of your body and advise you on how to avoid the problem happening again including exercise, stretches, work and driving posture etc
What will the osteopathic examination include?
The osteopathic examination will include:
- a visual examination
- a hands-on examination where we use our hands to gently feel for restrictions or structural problems in your muscles, tissues, joints and bones. You will probably be required to remove some of your outer clothing.
- general health checks. These could include blood pressure measurements and coordination and reflex tests.
What does the treatment include?
Treatment will often involve some combination of the following:
- soft tissue massage
- joint articulation
- rhythmic stretching
- fluid drainage
- highly specialised joint manipulation
Does Osteopathy Hurt?
Osteopathy causes little or no pain. For 24 to 48 hours after the treatment you may experience some minor discomfort or aggravation of your symptoms. This is a normal part of your body’s response to the treatment. If you are uncertain about your body’s response please feel free to contact us on the practice phone number. It is common for the full benefit of the treatment to be felt after 2 to 3 days.
Can I claim on health insurance?
We are fortunate enough to be recognised by most major health insurance providers. Some of these include BUPA, HSA, AXA PPP, Westfield to name a few. Your insurance policy may cover all or part of your treatment costs. It is your responsibility to be fully aware of what your policy will cover you for and you will be liable for any fees not covered by your policy. Some insurance policies carry an excess that you will be required to pay directly to us. It is advisable to talk to your insurer prior to treatment if you are uncertain about anything relating to your policy.
What Is The General Osteopathic Council?
The Osteopaths Act 1993 Establishes the General Osteopathic Council to “provide for the regulation of the profession of osteopathy.”
In 1993 osteopathy became the first major complementary health care profession to be accorded statutory regulation. From 1998 all osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. This means that all osteopaths on the register have demonstrated that they are safe and competent and all patients have the same safeguards as when they currently visit their doctor or dentist.
More information is available from the website www.osteopathy.org.uk
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