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Frequently Asked Questions

For specific questions about acupuncture and massage see the relevent therapies page.

Does osteopathic treatment hurt?

How much will it cost?

What should I wear? Do I have to get undressed?

Can I bring a friend or relative?

Is the clinic child friendly?

Is the clinic wheelchair/disability friendly?

Is osteopathic treatment safe?

What training & regulation do osteopaths have?

Who do osteopaths treat?

Do I need to be referred by my GP?

What should I expect during my first appointment?

How long is an appointment?

How many treatments will I need?

Complaints


 

Does osteopathic treatment hurt?

We adapt treatment to suit you. Because you are in pain when you seek our help, some of the areas we touch are likely to be tender but we will work at a level that you are comfortable with.
It is normal for you to feel a little achy and stiff after a treatment, this will usually resolve within 24 to 48 hours after treatment. If it does not settle or you are worried please call to speak to your practitioner.

What should I wear? Do I have to get undressed?

It is useful for us to see the area causing the problem. We do have a screen for your privacy or you can request that your osteopath leaves the room whilst you undress if you are more comfortable with this. If you prefer you can wear a vest top and leggings as these will normally allow us to see movements and treat without clothing restricting you.

Can I bring a friend or relative?

Yes, your comfort is our priority.

Is the clinic child friendly?

Yes, we have a range of toys and books to keep youngsters amused whilst you are treated or to distract them during their own treatment. We also have a large disabled toilet which has space to change nappies and we provide a potty. Prams can be left just outside reception.

Is the clinic wheelchair/disability friendly?

We do have disabled access, however it is not perfect.

The usual entrance to the clinic involves a small ramp to the front door and three steps down into reception.  If steps are a problem to you please let us know when you book your appointment as we can arrange for you to access the clinic via the disabled access ramp straight into one of our treatment rooms rather than via the usual entrance.

Is osteopathic treatment safe?

Yes. Our osteopaths are fully trained, experienced practitioners. Most osteopathic techniques consist of gentle stretching, massage and joint movements. We will always work within your comfort level.

We do use some high velocity thrust (clicking) techniques when this is appropriate but only if you are happy with them. There are some thrust techniques (although commonly used and effective) which are considered to have a very low risk or serious side effects/consequences. Your osteopath will advise you of these risks and ask for your verbal consent if the choice of one of these techniques is relevant to your case.

Who do osteopaths treat?

All age groups, from babies and children to patients in their eighties who want to maximize their fitness. We treat pregnant women, office workers, professionals, health workers, manual workers, the farming community, and sports professionals. Treatment is adapted to the individuals needs.

Do I need to be referred by my GP?

No, you can choose to see an osteopath without a referral. Most private health insurance policies will cover osteopathic treatment but check your policy before you book as some will require that you are referred to us by your GP.

Osteopathy is currently only available in North Yorkshire if you pay privately. However national guidelines indicate that it should be available everywhere for low back pain. The British Medical Association guidance for GPs states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths, which is promising progress, and we hope that over the next couple of years there will be a move towards more widespread funding for osteopathy and acupuncture on the NHS.

Your First Visit

What should I expect during my first appointment?

Initially you will be given a consent form to read through giving you details of what you can expect as a patient and asking for your name, address etc and your written consent so that we may assess and treat you.
You will then be introduced to your practitioner and will be asked to give a full account of your symptoms along with information about your lifestyle and general health. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing so that a detailed assessment can be made. This will include observing your posture and movements to assess how your whole body relates mechanically to your complaint.

Your osteopath will make a diagnosis and a treatment plan can then be formulated with you.

In some cases osteopathic treatment may not be appropriate for you. If this happens we will discuss this with you and advise you on who you should speak to for example your GP, or in some cases an alternative practitioner.

Advice on suitable exercises are usually recommended.

What training & regulation do osteopaths have?

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year with the GOsC and they provide registrants with an annual license to practise. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements. The General Osteopathic Council have two useful leaflets that can be downloaded here if you need further information on what to expect.

bedaleosteopaths.co.uk/…/what-to-expect-from-your-osteopath-leaflet-1-1.pdf

standards-of-osteopathic-care-leaflet

Protection of title

The title ‘Osteopath’ is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. The GOsC can, and will, prosecute individuals who practise as osteopaths when they are not on the GOsC register.

The British Medical Association guidance for GPs states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths, which is promising progress, and we hope that over the next couple of years there will be a move towards more widespread funding for osteopathy and acupuncture on the NHS.

How many treatments will I need?

This will vary on the nature of your condition.
In most cases just a few treatments plus advice and exercises are enough to resolve the symptoms.  58% of our patients have their problem resolved within 3 visits. 85% within 6 treatments.

If you are suffering from a long term problem it may take longer to notice an improvement. In some cases occasional maintenance treatments may be advised to keep your symptoms at bay.

How much will it cost?

(Bupa and other Healthplan members please see your policy cover for Osteopathy and mention it to reception when you book your appointment as some health plans will need a GP referral and not all osteopaths are registered with all insurance companies).

PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE A SMALL INCREASE IN SOME OF OUR FEES AS OF 3RD APRIL 2017. PLEASE CONTACT RECEPTION FOR MORE DETAILS.

2017 Price list

Osteopathy

Usually a half hour appointment
First visit                                                £48.00         40 minutes to 1 hour
Follow up visits                                     £40.00         30 minutes
Children & Babies                                 £35.00         30 minutes

Parent/child 1 hour appointment      £66.00

(one hour parent and child session)

Niel-Asher Frozen Shoulder Technique

First visit                                        £72.00
Follow up visits                            £42.00

Acupuncture

45 minute appointment              £40.00

Massage

1 hour appointment                    £40.00

How long is an appointment?

For osteopathy we recommend an hour for the first appointment. If you have a complex medical history or suffer with mobility or communication problems it is advisable to speak to one of our practitioners in advance and we can assess your particular needs. Massage appointments are 1 hour and acupuncture appointments are 45 minutes.

Complaints

If you have a complaint or concern about the level of care you have received from an osteopath or other member of staff please let us know.

Our promise to you is that we shall:

Treat your complaint seriously.

Work to resolve your complaint promptly and in confidence.

Learn lessons and use them to review, and where appropriate, improve our service.

Make your complaint to the practice principal Suzanne Hibberd either in person, by phone, email, or by letter. We will respond promptly and pass on to you our full complaints procedure.