Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Osteopathic treatment uncomfortable?

Most treatment is very gentle and feels very pleasant. Occasionally the osteopath may manipulate your spine after seeking permission and this can occasionally be momentarily tender. The acupuncture needles used in the dry needling techniques are incredibly fine and don’t cause any pain as they are inserted. Clients occasionally feel sore the day after treatment but the osteopath will advise you what to do.

Do I have to undress for Osteopathic treatment?

For most problems the osteopath will need to see how your body functions so it is usual to undress down to your underwear.  You may wear sports shorts if you wish or we can provide you with a gown.

How many sessions will I need with the Osteopath?

Most courses of treatment will take three or four sessions. Your osteopath will advise you if they feel it may require more sessions to help you recover fully.

How long does each session last with the Osteopath?

We allow 40 minutes for a session but some may last a bit longer. The postural assessments take 15 minutes.

Do you male and female Osteopaths?

Yes we do and you are welcome to ask for the practitioner of your preference.

Does my G.P. have to refer me to the Osteopath for treatment?

Whilst we do receive referrals from G.P.s it’s not necessary and you can come without a referral.

Do osteopaths treat areas other than the spine?

Yes we do. Knee, foot and ankle problems as well as shoulder, elbow and hand injuries can all be looked after by your osteopath.

Can I still have treatment with the Osteopath if I’m pregnant?

Most definitely as the postural strains of pregnancy may cause a whole range of different aches and pains.

Is Osteopathy suitable for all age groups?

We treat young children and many senior citizens by using more gentle techniques.

What’s the difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist?

Podiatrist is the modern name for chiropodist and denotes that the podiatrist has all the conventional skills as a chiropodist as well as specialising in broader treatments such as biomechanics and minor surgery.

Are your podiatrists qualified?

All of our podiatrists have attended 3 year full time courses and are registered with the Health and Care professions Council as well as being members of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

Can a corn be removed and will it grow back?

Corns can be removed and they are caused by pressure or friction. Reducing the corn and removing the cause of the pressure (tight shoes) will help keep the corns away.

My nails are too long to be cut – what can I do?

Nails are never too long to be cut. Our podiatrists or foot care assistant can provide just this service in an express session to make sure you are walking on air.

How about bunions?

Bunions are bony outgrowths from the side of the first toe and can distort the toe. They are often caused by mechanical problems or ill-fitting shoes. They can’t be removed with normal podiatry treatment but we can help you to manage the problem.

Do you give any reductions on your podiatry fees?

Yes we do. If you visit us on a regular basis and book your next appointment immediately after your session we will give you a £4 reduction on your next session. *This offer is not available on Saturdays or for your first visit.

I have arthritic joints in my feet, is reflexology suitable?

Yes, the therapist will vary the pressure to suit the customer.

Do I have to undress for Reiki?

No – just relaxing on a seat or couch comfortably is fine.

If I’m pregnant, is aromatherapy safe?

Yes, the therapist is aware of the oils to avoid during pregnancy. Please mention to the therapist if you are pregnant before treatment starts.

Is there any reason why I can’t have Reiki?

It’s a very safe form of therapy but should be avoided if you have a pacemaker.

Can I eat before treatment?

A light meal at least an hour before your treatment will be fine.

How often should I come for treatment?

Your therapist will advise you but ultimately it’s your decision. Feeling good can happen as often as you want.

How can I pay for treatment?

Cash, card and cheque are all acceptable.

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