What should I wear?
Your Osteopath needs to see your spine and pelvis clearly in standing sitting and moving so loose clothing is preferable, something like a vest and leggings are ideal and always appropriate underwear.
Treatment side effects
Due to the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore or stiff in the first 24-48 hours post treatment. Your osteopath will work to your level of tolerance and explain any likely reactions that you could expect as the body accepts the changes in the tissues.
You may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. The osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit and make changes to the treatment plan accordingly.
How many appointments will I need?
It is difficult to predict how many at the first session, we can only give an estimate. A lot depends on how much you have improved after the first treatment and whether you are following the advice given. Factors like active rest, hydration, nutrition, stress levels, work and other demands in your life all contribute and need to be accounted for.
In general some people are discharged in two to three treatments, others require around six and for chronic conditions regular maintenance is recommended.
Even if you are pain free, it is always a good idea to visit
Osteopaths every 3 to 6 months for an MOT check up.
Do I need a GP referral?
Most patients refer themselves directly to an osteopath. A referral by a GP is not necessary but you are encouraged to keep your GP fully informed so that your medical records are up to date. This will ensure you will receive the best possible care from both health professionals. Your osteopath may need to send a report to your GP with details of your conditions and treatment (with your consent).
Can I claim on my Health Insurance?
Elizabeth is currently registered with Aviva, Benevolent Trust Fund, Cigna, Pru Healthave, Simply Health and WPA. It may be possible to register as a provider with your company at short notice.
Policy and authorisation number needed prior to appointment.
Some Health Insurance companies require a GP to refer you to the osteopath.