While some GP’s do refer to us it isn’t a requirement. As a private practice you can contact us directly. However if we feel that you GP needs to be involved we will contact them on your behalf.
Osteopaths are trained to help you with as little discomfort as possible. However, treating an area that is already painful may cause some discomfort but we will be careful and gentle with you.
All Osteopaths complete a 4 or 5 year degree and have to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) by law.
Your Osteopath will get you back to optimum health as quickly as possible but every problem is different with acute (new and normally more painful) only taking a few sessions and more chronic problems (those you have had for a while) taking longer to treat. You will be advised as to the number of sessions required on your first visit.
Freedom Osteopathy is registered with BUPA and AXA and you will find that most medical insurance companies cover Osteopathy. Check with your provider to make sure you are covered.
Most treatments will leave you feeling a bit sore for a day or so but this quickly eases. Osteopathy is very safe so you don’t need to worry about any major side-effects.
We will discuss your present complaint with you and take a detailed case history including your past medical history. This information is important as it may have a bearing on your present problem, especially if you have had it before.
For example a poorly healed ankle sprain as a teenager can lead to altered body posture in the hips, pelvis, low back and neck as an adult. You could suffer from headaches, neck pain, tennis elbow, low back pain or hip problems as time goes by.
We will now perform an examination of the affected area. We will be looking and feeling for areas of restriction, muscle tenderness, inflammation, over-sensitivity and quality of joint movement.
We will also perform orthopaedic and neurological tests if required, as these give us more valuable information which will help us to correctly diagnose your problem accurately.
None of these will be painful but of course if you feel uncomfortable it is important that you mention it.
You will be required to undress down to your underwear so it is best to wear shorts if you are concerned about this. You can also bring a chaperone with you if you prefer. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible.
At this point we will go through everything we have found with you.
It is very rare that we won’t be able to help you but If it seems that we can’t or if you need further investigation (X-rays, MRI etc) we can organise letters to be written to your GP or refer you to an appropriate specialist.
For example, if we felt your problem originated from poor feet mechanics we would refer you to a podiatrist.
If Osteopathy is appropriate we will then treat you immediately. The number of treatments required depends on the severity of the complaint, but as a rule we find that chronic problems (those that you have had for a while) require more treatment, whereas acute problems (new and often more painful) only take a few sessions.
After treatment we will advise the best way to manage your pain with exercises and stretches, advice on when to go back to work or when to return to exercise.
You can pick up a leaflet on you way out that will give you post-treatment information such as what to expect in the following 24 hours.