1. Does it hurt?
Osteopathic treatment works at is best when the patient is in a comfortable, relaxed state, as this is when they are at their most receptive. However, whilst patient comfort is a vital factor, this process of carrying out osteopathic adjustments can still cause come limited pain to sensitive areas of the body, even when taking precautions.
Also, the treatment can have effects that take a day or two to become apparent.
2. How many treatments does it take for me to start feeling better?
Unfortunately, this is impossible to say as each course of treatment is unique. As a general rule it takes one or two treatments for the patient to begin noticing the results of osteopathic treatment. However, if you are experiencing long term chronic pain we may have to devise an appropriate treatment plan that is tailored to your specific conditions and requirements.
At the Fairlee Wellbeing Centre our osteopaths will make sure that they communicate clearly and fully with you so that you fully understand the progress of your treatment as you proceed. We aim to resolve the underlying issues as quickly as possible and as we run a busy clinic, we will not keep you coming for any longer than necessary.
If you are unsure of how Osteopathy treatment would help your ailment, please do call us up and request the free mini consultation with our Osteopath. This will ensure that all your questions are answered and you know exactly what to expect from the treatment, before choosing whether to proceed or not.
3. When making osteopathic adjustments, do Osteopaths make the back or joints crack?
A common perception amongst first time patients is the osteopathy involves intensive manual strokes and adjustments that in turn can cause a loud cracking noise when applied to the back and joints. In reality your osteopath is trained to adapt each treatment to the specific osteopathic lesion found in the patient. It is during this process that osteopathic technique can cause that dry sound on occasion. It is completely normal and nothing to be concerned about.
4. What Training does an Osteopath undergo?
In the UK a practising Osteopath must be a registered member of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), the UK regulatory body. To be a member you must have a qualification that is recognised by the GOsC; generally this means either a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in Osteopathy.
The osteopaths here at Fairlee Wellbeing Centre are qualified to degree level and enjoy a wealth of experience treating patients of all ages and medical backgrounds. If you have any questions about our Osteopaths or how they can help you, please do not hesitate to ask us – we would be happy to help.
5. Should I consult my G.P. before undergoing a course of Osteopathic Treatment?
You certainly can do, as a doctor can prescribe certain diagnostic tests and medication to help you. At Fairlee Wellbeing Centre we would never discourage our patients from seeking out medical advice from their GP. What we do recognise is that many problems can be rectified using complementary therapies, often in conjunction with other treatments which means that it can be beneficial for you to explore your options.
We see a lot of patients who have Osteopathy treatment alongside their NHS treatment, whilst many others self refer to us directly as their first and only point of call. For more information about our Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy treatments please contact us directly.