Frequently Asked Questions
Does osteopathic treatment hurt?
Osteopathic treatment should not hurt but you may feel sensations of pressure and stretch. A person with a sedentary lifestyle will require gentle handling than someone of a muscular or athletic build. We gauge your individual needs and vary our techniques to suit you.
For babies and young children we used a method of osteopathy known as Cranial Osteopathy. This is deeply relaxing to the point where patients may feel sleepy. During Cranial treatment babies relax and toddlers play throughout the treatment without even noticing they are being treated.
Cranial Osteopathy can benefit people of all ages so we use it for adults too. It can be particularly useful for longer term symptoms and for complaints related to the head and pelvis.
Is osteopathy right for me?
Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy are safe, effective and thoroughly enjoyable treatments for a wide range of symptoms. We treat people of all age groups and in all states of health. We take time and care to make sure we understand what you need. However if you’re not sure whether we can help, please give us a ring to discuss it.
Osteopaths’ extensive training means that we can spot conditions that may need medical help and identify conditions that might make treatment inappropriate or unsafe. In these circumstances we would not treat you. Where medical intervention is required, we would refer you to your specialist or GP.
How will I feel after the treatment?
People usually feel looser and more relaxed immediately after treatment. Improvements in symptoms may happen straight away.
If your symptoms are long term, you may feel tired and achy before you begin to feel better. This applies to children as well as adults.
We will guide you as to what to expect depending on your (or your child’s) exact condition and on your response to treatment.
What is Cranial Osteopathy?
Cranial techniques are safe, subtle, gentle and non-manipulative. They are often used when treating young children and new born infants but can help patients of all ages to relax deep tension in their body. The treatment involves a light hold and feels soothing and relaxing.
Babies usually relax during treatment, toddlers play and seem not to realize they’re being treated and older children and adults relax and may even feel sleepy.
How much treatment will I need?
The number of treatments required depends on how long the symptoms have been going on and what caused (or is still causing) them.
Recent symptoms usually respond quickly. People who are healthy and fit make the quickest recoveries.
However, we treat people of all ages, fitness levels and degrees of health so please do not feel excluded if your health is poor. Osteopathic techniques are many and varied and we will find an approach to suit you.
Is my child too young or too old for Cranial Osteopathy?
Cranial Osteopathy can be useful for children from birth right through to adulthood.
It is so gentle that it can be used on new borns (some NHS hospitals in the UK have Osteopaths working in their premature babies units).
It is also useful for toddlers, teens and all the years in between.
So if you didn’t know about Cranial when your child was little, they can still benefit.
And so can you, we treat adults too.
Please ring with your specific questions on: 01905 45 45 50. We will be happy to discuss your queries with you.
Our line is answered between 8am and 6pm weekdays (excluding bank holidays).
What is the difference between an Osteopath and a Cranial Osteopath?
Osteopaths are trained in all aspects of Osteopathy during their extensive undergraduate training. When they qualify they then pursue further study in the branches of Osteopathy in which they want to work.
Therefore the term “Cranial” Osteopath is not an official one. It simply means that an Osteopath has chosen to use cranial techniques often in the treatment of their patients and will have taken post graduate courses in Cranial and gained experience working alongside senior “Cranial” Osteopaths.
Joanna and Jonathan have both undertaken further study in Cranial Osteopathy. Jonathan has also trained in the use of Ultrasound and in Dry Needling (a sort of Acupuncture for muscle tension).
What would happen if I came to see you when I really needed a doctor?
As Osteopaths, our extensive training means that we can spot conditions that may need medical help and can identify conditions which would make osteopathic treatment inappropriate or unsafe. If we thought you needed medical intervention we would refer you to your GP with a phone call or letter, if necessary.
Can Osteopathy help stress?
If you find it hard to relax or have some stress-related aches and pains then Osteopathy may help you. You don’t need to be in pain to benefit from Osteopathy.
We may also suggest simple things you can do to help yourself with stress-related symptoms.
What is the difference between Osteopathy and Chiropractic?
There are more similarities than differences. Both require rigorous training to a high degree of competence in anatomy, physiology, the medical sciences and clinical examination and treatment of the patient. Both use highly developed manual skill, careful questioning of the patient and examinations of mobility and posture to determine a diagnosis..
Each individual practitioner chooses a blend of techniques that works for them. So you may find that no two Osteopaths, or indeed Chiropractors, are exactly alike.
What happens on the first visit to County Osteopaths?
Throughout your first visit we will explain what to expect and we encourage you to ask questions as you go along.
Firstly, we will ask in detail about various aspects of your or your child’s symptoms and general health to get a good picture of what’s going on.
Then a structural examination may be undertaken, this requires you to undress to your underwear whilst the Osteopath checks your posture and assesses your flexibility. You may bring shorts and a t-shirt to wear if you prefer. Please ask about this if you are concerned. We do not need babies and young children to undress.
Simple tests may be carried out such as testing your reflexes. Most patients come to an osteopath without first having consulted their doctor. Therefore, we are trained to spot signs of serious problems in order that nothing is overlooked.
Next there is further assessment and treatment. This may require the handling of painful areas but Osteopathic treatment is careful, purposeful and precise and therefore should not cause any undue discomfort.
We may use Cranial treatment, which is subtle and gentle and involves a gentle hold or gentle pressure on key areas. Most people, children and adults alike, find this relaxing.
We will discuss with you any specific “do’s and don’ts”, self-help tips or exercises that may help. We will then explain what we expect you or your child to feel depending on the symptoms and how well you, or they, have responded to treatment.
Before we finish we will discuss whether or not you or your child needs another appointment and book that if necessary.
The fee for the appointment is payable at the end, in cash or cheque.