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Q. What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a primary care profession, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculo-skeletal disorders.

One of the main principles of Osteopathy is that the well-being of an individual depends upon  the interplay between their  musculo-skeletal system (Muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia & bones), neurological system, blood & circulatory systems  functioning smoothly together facilitating  the body’s ability to heal itself.

Osteopathic care focuses upon strengthening the musculo-skeletal systems to treat existing conditions to help prevent illness and improve overall function thus promoting well-being.

At Health First Osteopathy we pride ourselves in our patient-centered approach to health care and well-being. We ensure that all treatments are tailored to suit the individual patient.

Through the use of diagnostic procedures applied in conventional medical assessment, our Osteopaths aim to restore the optimal functioning of the body, without the use of drugs or surgery.

Q. What do Osteopaths treat?

Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculo-skeletal and other related disorders without the use of drugs or surgery.

Commonly treated conditions include back, neck, hip and knee pain, postural problems, minor-sporting injuries, muscle and joint deterioration, restricted mobility and occupational ill-health.

Osteopathy is suitable for all ages from conception, birth and childhood through to adulthood and retirement, supporting you throughout your life’s journey.  

Q. How much does osteopathy treatment cost?

Treatment costs vary across the UK, but typically range from £35 to £60 for a 30 minute session.

Here at Health First Osteopathy our prices are competitive and reflect the expertise of our highly qualified osteopaths . Our initial appointment is £40 and follow up appointments are £35  >view our Prices and Treatment Options Here

Q. How long do osteopathic appointments usually last?

At Health First Osteopathy we pride ourselves in patient-centered care.

Your first appointment can last up to 1 hr during which a detailed medical case history and examination will be carried out.

Your follow up appointment will usually last 30 minutes where a structure individual treatment plan will be tailored for you.

Q. What can I expect on my first visit to an osteopath?

During your first consultation at Health First Osteopathy, the treating osteopath will compile a full case history of your symptoms, as well as asking for information about your past medical history, lifestyle and diet. This will be  followed by a detailed examination.  The osteopath may also observe you making some simple movements to help them make a diagnosis.

As Osteopaths we are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly-developed sense of touch, known as palpation. This is to help us determine conditions and identify the body’s point of weakness or excessive strain. For this you will usually be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined.

Your  treating Osteopath will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan and estimate the likely number of sessions  needed to treat your condition effectively.

In some cases if your Osteopath thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will be advised about how to seek further care from your G.P or other healthcare profession.

Q. Will I need to undress?

Assessments require the patient to undress down to their underwear if possible so the osteopath can fully assess the body as a whole structure and complete a thorough physical examination to diagnose your condition properly.  For modesty purposes, shorts or close fitting clothing can be worn if you wish.

At Health First Osteopathy we will always respect your modesty and drape towels where needed or if you prefer to remain dressed please tell a member of staff when booking or at the consultation.

You are welcome to bring someone with you to the consultation if it helps to put you feel more comfortable. Any questions or concerns please feel free to speak to a member of staff.

Q. Can anyone call themselves an Osteopath?

The title ‘Osteopath’ is protected by law, and only those included on the General Osteopathic Council’s Register are entitled to practice as osteopaths.  Unregistered practice is a criminal offence in the UK.

Q. How do I know if an Osteopath is registered?

All Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council.  You can use the Register to check whether your health professional is currently registered.  All Osteopathy legally must display a current registration license for you to see. General Osteopathic Council’s website

Q. Do I need a GP referral to see an Osteopath?

Most patients ‘self-refer’ to an osteopath for treatment. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and Osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners.

Q. Can I see an Osteopath through the NHS?

Currently access to Osteopathy on the NHS is limited, but services are becoming more widespread. To find out if NHS treatment is available in your area, speak to your GP and/or contact your local health authority. There is more information on whom to contact in your region on the NHS website 

Q. Can I claim on my private medical insurance?

Many private health insurance policies provide cover for osteopathic treatment, and it may be possible to claim a course of treatment. However you should always check in advance with your insurance company before seeking any osteopathic treatment.


For Further Information

Please visit the websites below for more information about osteopathy.

General Osteopathic Council
FAQs – General Osteopathic Council
Introduction to Osteopathy – NHS website

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