Frequently Asked Questions
The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) state Osteopathy is the following:
“Osteopathy is a primary care profession, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, and the effects of these conditions on patients' general health. Using many of the diagnostic procedures applied in conventional medical assessment, osteopaths seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the body has the ability to heal, and osteopathic care focuses on strengthening the musculoskeletal systems to treat existing conditions and to prevent illness. Osteopaths' patient-centered approach to health and well being means they consider symptoms in the context of the patient's full medical history, as well as their lifestyle and personal circumstances. This holistic approach ensures that all treatment is tailored to the individual patient.” (GOsC, 2015)
Many think Osteopaths only treat back pain! Whilst back pain is frequently treated, other conditions can also be helped such as postural issues, joint deterioration and reduced mobility. Other parts of the body also can respond well such as hip, knee and foot pain.
Osteopathy in the UK is a Primary Healthcare profession. It is classified under the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), however is only 1 of 2 CAM disciplines that are regulated by law. In 1993, the House of Commons passed The Osteopaths Act; which enabled Osteopathy to be formally recognised and regulated. (Parliament UK, 2000). Only those registered with The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) can practice as Osteopaths. It is this professional body that checks all Osteopaths have the required qualifications, the necessary insurance and continue professional development.
Our fees are:
- Osteopathy - £70 for initial appointment (50 mins)
- £52 for follow-up appointment (30 mins)
- Sport Massage - £42 (45 mins) Holistic Therapies from £25
You are welcome to bring a relative / friend with you. Anyone under the age of 16 should be accompanied at all times by a parent or appointed guardian.
The primary aim of your initial consultation is to establish what is wrong and whether osteopathy is a safe and appropriate treatment for you. Providing there are no contraindications we would normally expect to treat you on your first visit.
Gemma has worked wonders on my shoulder. I'd had pain for years after a nursing injury and thought I would have to "live" with it. Treatments with Gemma have improved things no doubt, and I'm able to do so many things I couldn't do before.
I am a keen amateur golfer and had lower back pain coupled with a calf injury. Gemma treated both problems and as a result I have now made a full recovery. Gemma also performed acupuncture on my calf. This was a painless experience which I highly recommend.
Gemma has not only got me out of pain but her knowledge is outstanding. She really explained what was going on with my back, plus gave me some invaluable advice in how to stop the pain returning.