What happens in an Osteopathic appointment?
The initial appointment is normally up to 1 hour long, this is because we start by taking a full case history which includes : what reason you have come to see the osteopath, previous history- operations, medications, fractures or injuries.
Then the practitioner will ask you to get undressed down to your underwear/ shorts / loose clothing (dependent on what is comfortable for you) There is a discrete changing area provided.
Then the Osteopath will observe how you are standing, see how your body is moving around the symptoms you have reported and how tight muscles are. Your practitioner will also use more specific and specialised testing to come to a working diagnosis. They will then discuss what the findings show and if you are happy and consent to the treatment plan suggested, the practitioner will then treat using a combination gentle articulation of joints, osteopathic manipulation techniques and soft tissue release techniques.
Please note that consent will be asked for throughout the treatment and can be withdrawn at any time throughout the treatment.
After the treatment, your practitioner will give advice as appropriate to each patients unique presentation e.g. exercises, cold or hot treatment advice etc.
What training does an Osteopath have?
Osteopaths are required to complete a full four year Integrated Master’s Degree as well as an additional 30 hours of training each year once graduated. This can include further training in pre and postnatal osteopathy & treatments, further diagnostic training, learning and exploring technique suitable for all conditions as well as expanding our knowledge to ensure patients the best level of support.
graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone with an Integrated Masters Degree & Diploma of Osteopathy.
What should I wear to an Osteopathy appointment?
One part of the Osteopathy appointment is the observation and examination section, this part allows us to see how your body is holding itself, how it is moving and how the rest of the body is functioning around the area(s) of discomfort that you have discussed with us during the case history.
In order to best see how our bodies are functioning and compensating we ask patients to undress down to their underwear. You are welcome to bring a pair of shorts or a vest in with you. We have a discrete changing area within the treatment room for you to change in.
For some of our patients this may be the a rare occasion for someone to see your skin and therefore we do observe for any skin changes, mole changes or anything we feel may need to be checked or referred to a specialist for. This will always be discussed with you during the session.
Some of our patients prefer not to undress at all which is absolutely fine – please let your practitioner know either prior to the appointment or when you arrive. In these cases we ask that patients wear leggings or loose fitting clothes that comfortable and easy to move in. We may ask to lift up part of the clothing to examine an area we feel may be beneficial. This allows us to use our treatment techniques whilst keeping you comfortable.
Jeans or denim are not advised for treatment as they are restrictive and uncomfortable to move in!!
Are Osteopaths insured?
All of the Osteopath’s at Oliver Wellbeing are fully insured and members of the Institute of Osteopathy. All Osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council who are the Osteopathic governing body.
Can I claim my appointment cost back?
Yes. These days the majority of health insurance companies will accept Osteopathy and so you can claim back part or all of your payments. Please inform your practitioner at the time of booking if you will be claiming back through insurance to ensure it will be. Unfortunately at this time we are not able to accept AXA PPP insurance.