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Short Frequently Asked Questions:

Common questions about osteopathy


If you are new to osteopathy, it is natural to have some questions about your treatment. This page answers some of the most common questions people ask us before their first appointment.


Do I need a referral from my GP?


No, not if you are attending the clinic as a private patient.


What happens during an osteopathy appointment?


Your osteopath will begin by gathering details about your symptoms, general health and medical history. They will then carry out physical examinations including any necessary medical tests, observe your posture and observe simple movements to help assess how your body is functioning. The osteopathic consultation may include orthopaedic, neurological and other system examinations to help assessment and diagnosis, ensuring your suitability for osteopathic treatment. If necessary, your osteopath may refer for other tests, such as X-rays, scans or blood tests, or to other health care providers.Is osteopathic treatment painful?Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. Most people find treatment relaxing. However, particularly in the case of the care of injuries, some treatment may require the handling of painful areas. Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment similar to that felt after unaccustomed exercise.


How long will each treatment take?


Your initial consultation will take up to 30 minutes and will include a thorough history and examination as well as some treatment. Follow-up treatments are also up to 30 minutes, but because the case history has already been taken, more time for treatment is available, if needed.


What do I need to bring?


Your osteopath will ask to see any X-rays, scans, reports or test results that you may have. You may want to wear loose clothing or bring a pair of shorts should the osteopath need to work on your lower limbs.


Of course, if you have further questions or would like more details, or to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 8449 5931, or email by clicking on the button below, or by using the form on the "Contact" page.

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