Frequently Asked Questions
Please see below for the answers to some frequently asked questions about Osteopathy, or feel free to call us on 01273 771441.
Who regulates osteopaths?
The Statutory Register of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) opened on 9th May 1998. The title “Osteopath” became protected by law from 9th May 2000. As a result it is a criminal offence to describe oneself as an osteopath in the UK unless registered with the GOsC. Only practitioners meeting the high standards of safety and competency and with the recognised level of training are eligible to join this register. The GOsC regulates, promotes and develops the profession of osteopathy, maintaining a Statutory Register of those entitled to practise osteopathy.
What are the treatment costs?
Initial consultation (45 mins – 1 hour) £53
Follow-up treatment (30 mins) £43
How many treatments will I need?
It really depends on the problem, but for a recent or uncomplicated injury no more than six and sometimes only two or three. For longer-term, chronic or recurring problems maybe more.
Does it hurt?
Osteopathic treatment is usually very gentle, but manipulating, massaging or stretching an injured area may be uncomfortable. Your practitioner will explain what you are likely to feel and will stop if you tell them that the treatment is causing you too much pain.
How is Osteopathy different to Physiotherapy or Chiropractic?
For a simple summary of how the approach and treatments can differ please see here.
Can I chat to an Osteopath before booking?
Absolutely. If they are busy with a client you may need to leave a message but you can call them on 01273 771441