Frequently Asked Questions

Who and what do osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.

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What to expect during your treatment

The following has been developed to explain exactly what to expect and answer some of the questions you might have. If you have any other concerns, please contact the practice by phone or email prior to attending your first appointment.

At the start of your first session, your osteopath will ask you to tell them about your problem. They will ask questions about your medical history and lifestyle as well as your symptoms. This is very important as it will help them to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment. Your information will be recorded and kept securely.

The osteopath will need to examine the area(s) of your body causing discomfort. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, (For example, a difference in leg length may result in compensations in the upper back which might result in neck pain) so they may need to examine your whole body. They will need to feel for tightness in the muscles and stiffness in the joints and may need to touch/palpate these areas to identify problems. They will explain what they are doing as they go along. If you are uncomfortable with any part of this, you have the right to ask them to stop at any stage without prejudicing your future treatment.

In order to examine you effectively, it may be necessary for your osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing as appropriate for the condition. Sometimes this might mean undressing down to your underwear. If you are uncomfortable with this, please make your osteopath aware of how you feel and discuss whether it might be appropriate for them to treat you whilst you wear shorts and a t-shirt.

The osteopath will suggest a course of treatment, which may require just one or several visits. They may be able to give you an estimate of how often they need to see you and any associated costs by the end of the first session. They will ask for your permission to provide treatment and you may be asked to sign a consent form.

Most osteopaths will begin your treatment at your first appointment, but sometimes they may require further tests first i.e. blood tests or scans. Occasionally they may diagnose an illness that they are unable to treat and may suggest that you consult your GP or another appropriate health professional. You may experience mild discomfort with some of the treatment techniques used, but osteopathic treatment is usually a very gentle process. Your osteopath will let you know if any discomfort is likely and it can be helpful to let them know what you are feeling. If pain persists after treatment, contact your osteopath for advice.

You are welcome to bring someone with you for all or part of your consultation. Children should always be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have any other questions, ask your osteopath.

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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

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What does osteopathic treatment involve?

As explained in the services section of our website. You will be asked a few questions to obtain a detailed case history and asked to undress in order for us to examine the appropriate area. As osteopaths we work with our hands and a treatment may include soft tissue massage, gentle joint movements and joint manipulation if appropriate. These can be applied to all areas of the body not just the low back and osteopathy looks at the body as a whole.

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What can osteopaths help with?

  • Back Pain
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Aches and pains and general tension
  • Cranial Osteopathy for babies and adults
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pain during pregnancy
  • Many sports injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain and related headaches
  • Whiplash associated disorders
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Osteoarthitis of Knee and Hip
  • Neuralga
  • Posture related pains

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What Are Our Costs?

  • Initial Consultation £50
  • Subsequent Consultation £44
  • Home Visits £60
  • 20% discount for patients over 65 years of age or members of Welwyn Rugby Club

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How can osteopathy help babies and children?

As with adults the child's skeletal system is also prone to stresses and strains being placed upon it. Babies during delivery are put under numerous stresses to be able to descend through the birth canal and be born. Sometimes these pressures are not resolved during suckling and crying in the first few days or weeks and the child may experience retained tension. Osteopathy works gently within the cranial approach to aid the release of any stresses allowing the baby to be more relaxed and settled.

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