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Osteopathy FAQs

How do I know if an osteopath is properly qualified?
The title of osteopath is protected by law so not just anyone can call themselves an osteopath. An osteopath must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council, the regulatory body for osteopaths.


What training do osteopaths have?
Undergraduate osteopaths now follow a 4-5 year degree course covering not only academic study but clinical practice. The qualification may be a bachelors degree or a masters degree in osteopathy.


How do osteopaths update their skills and knowledge?
Osteopaths are required to undertake at least 30 hours of continuing professional development a year to maintain their registration with the General Osteopathic Council.


Do I need to be referred by my GP to see the osteopath?
No most patients self refer, but if you are concerned and want reassurance please do see your GP first.


Will I feel sore after treatment?
You may experience soreness/stiffness, feel tired in the 24-48 hour period following treatment. This is normal and will wear off. If you have any concerns however about any reaction you have after treatment you should not hesitate to let me know. Regarding the treatment itself patients usually tell me they find it very relaxing! You are encouraged to provide feedback during the session.


How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments varies from one individual to the next and is dependant on age, what the problem is, how long it has been present. I will be able to give you a rough idea of the number of treatments that may be needed after the consultation.


Can you treat back pain in pregnant women?
Yes, muscular and ligamentous strains are common during pregnancy due to the rapid shape changes, weight gain and hormones. Treatment can help your body adjust to these changes.


Apart from back pain what else can you treat?
Osteopathy is not just about bad backs, it may help the following conditions

  • Neck pain/tension
  • Whiplash
  • Tension headaches
  • Shoulder pain / Frozen shoulder
  • Slipped disc
  • Sciatica
  • Arm pain
  • Tennis elbow

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