How long are the appointments?
The initial appointment is for 45 minutes, when we will ask you about your problem and medical history, examine you, and explain what we think is the problem. We will start treatment if we decide that your problem is likely to benefit from osteopathy. Follow up appointments are for 30 minutes.
What can I expect from treatment?
Examination involves us looking at you still and performing a range of movements. We then use our fingers to feel for areas of tension and immobility etc. Treatment can use massage; stretching the joints through their range of movement, giving you exercises and advice on posture etc. Sometimes we will manipulate a joint to cause the joint to separate momentarily (rather like cracking your knuckles). Dry needling (a form of acupuncture) and ultrasound treatment are also available. We will explain and ask your permission before proceeding.
Will it hurt?
Usually not, but if you are unhappy about discomfort, please tell us and we can work another way.
Do I have to be recommended by my G.P.?
No, though many G.P.s do recommend treatment.
Is Osteopathy available on the NHS?
Currently not in the South East though the N.I.C.E. guidelines for back pain recommend physical therapies, the wait for NHS treatment can be lengthy, and many people prefer to come to see us to avoid a long and painful wait.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies greatly depending on the problem and how long you have had it. One treatment is enough for certain problems, but generally patients need between 2 – 6 sessions. Some patients feel they benefit from regular treatment once a month or longer intervals. We assure you that we will not suggest that you attend for unnecessary appointments.
Will I have to undress?
If it is a spinal problem, we will probably request that you undress to your underwear so we can fully assess your problem. Gowns are available on request and you are welcome to bring a friend or family member to act as a chaperone if you wish.
Will my Private Medical Insurance cover my treatment costs?
We are recognised as treatment providers for most of the major medical insurance companies i.e., AXA PPP, Simply Health etc., but not BUPA. Please check with your insurance company prior to treatment.
Is It Safe To Have Osteopathic Treatment During Pregnancy?
Osteopathy is safe and gentle for both the mother and the baby. The techniques used during pregnancy are carefully selected to minimise any risk. These techniques are gentle and the comfort of the mother is always taken into consideration and may be adapted to suit each patient. At SOS Osteopaths, we use specifically designed pregnancy cushions during treatment and we always ask patients how comfortable they are in certain positions. At SOS Osteopaths, we can accommodate any woman, regardless of size.
Can Osteopathy Help Post-Natally?
Depending on the type of labour experienced, women can have a wide range of issues post-natally. Osteopathic care can help to restore and maintain normal pelvic alignment and mobility and therefore, taking away any pain and discomfort they may be feeling. If you have unresolved childbirth stresses from labour, these can contribute not only to ongoing back problems, but also to difficulties with menstruation, stress incontinence, and bowel problems such as constipation. Osteopathic treatment can also help with aches and pains associated with poor breast-feeding posture, lifting car capsules and prams, carrying your baby and bending over the cot. Overall, postnatal treatment can help with long term preventative care, allowing you to relax and enjoy your new baby.