If you've got any questions about osteopathy or how I do what I do, you might just find the answer below!

What Training Do Osteopaths Have And Are They Safe?

To be a registered osteopath in the UK you have to complete 4 years full time study to qualify as an osteopath. It’s so extensive because you cover a lot of medical science such as anatomy, neurology, physiology and pathology. You also train in specific clinics such as paediatrics, sports injuries and pregnancy.

To be a registered osteopath with the regulatory body in the UK (the General Osteopathic Council) you have to complete at least 30 hours of continuing professional development each year to ensure your knowledge and skills are up to date.

I am a registered osteopath and my registration number is 7470.

What Is Cranial Osteopathy?

I use both ‘structural osteopathy’ which involves moving and stretching your joints, and working through your muscles with massage, but I also use ‘cranial osteopathy’ where I gently place my hands on the area of your body being treated.

Cranial osteopathy is very gentle but very effective. Often people can’t feel much when being treated cranially but notice the improvements in their symptoms and a common comment at the next session is “I feel better but you didn’t seem to do anything!”. Cranial osteopathy works gently through the body’s restrictions and the natural tiny movements of the bones, fluid and fascia.

Does Osteopathy Hurt?

Osteopathic treatment is generally gentle, but some techniques for example stretching and articulation of tender joints may be uncomfortable and I will warn you of this, but just let me know if you would prefer a different technique to be used.

You can generally expect to be sore and achey after treatment for 2-3 days.

Advice

At the end of your treatment you will be offered advice on how to care for yourself, and as you get better how to help stop your issue from happening again.

Treatment

Your treatment is bespoke, using a mixture of joint articulation, stretching, soft tissue work on your ligaments and muscles, and cranial osteopathy.

Examination

For this part your may be asked to undress, or you can wear a vest top and leggings or shorts. There is also a modesty gown for you if you prefer too. You will be asked to stand, and perform some simple movements while I stand behind you and observe how your back or neck is moving.

Then you will be asked to lie on the plinth, and hands on examination will look at your problem area as well as other areas of your body that maybe related to the problem.

If needed, neurological, orthopaedic and other medical testing will be performed. Once your problem has been diagnosed I will discuss this with you and what treatment is needed.

Case History

I will listen to why you have come to see me and how your problem has impacted your life. I will then ask questions about your issue, together with some medical questions. This is to screen for any potential medical issues.

What Should I Expect At My Consultation?

At your first session you will have a detailed consultation, examination, hands on treatment and advice.

You are welcome to bring a chaperone with you to each of your appointments.

Will I Have To Undress?

It is not compulsory for you to undress, and you are welcome to wear shorts/leggings/vest top. There is also a modesty gown you can use as well.

However please be aware that osteopathic diagnosis is partly based on observing how your body moves, and it’s usual when seeing an osteopath to be asked to remove clothing from the area being treated. If you are uncomfortable with this, then just let me know and we can work around it.

Can I Bring A Friend/Partner?

You are more than welcome to bring a chaperone with you to any of your appointments. Please be aware that of course they will then hear what we are discussing, which includes your medical history.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Most adults need between 3 and 6 sessions usually on a weekly basis. I will space your treatment sessions further apart as quickly as possible so you don’t spend money unnecessarily.

Each person is different and I will discuss with you your realistic recovery time. A long term problem may require more sessions. Sometimes people like to have a treatment every so often as ‘maintenance’ to reduce their likelihood of problems.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Most adults need between 3 and 6 sessions usually on a weekly basis. I will space your treatment sessions further apart as quickly as possible so you don’t spend money unnecessarily.

Each person is different and I will discuss with you your realistic recovery time. A long term problem may require more sessions. Sometimes people like to have a treatment every so often as ‘maintenance’ to reduce their likelihood of problems.

What Should I Expect At My First Session With My Baby Or Child?

Your Consultation
I will listen to why you have brought your little one to see me, and I will also ask lots of questions about their problem. I will also ask about pregnancy and delivery and mum’s health too.

For older children, I may still asked about pregnancy and delivery depending on why they have come to see me.

Your Baby or Child’s Examination
I will then gently examine your baby or child.

For babies the process looks similar to what you may have seen your GP do. For children I ask them to do some movements such as bending their back, and then examine their joints and muscles to see where the problem is.

I will then do a gentle cranial osteopathy examination.

Treatment For Your Baby Or Child
I will let you know what I found from the examination and whether treatment may help or not.

In older children, some structural techniques may be appropriate. I will explain what I am going to do before I do it, so you and your child understand and are happy for me to go ahead.

Do I Need To Come To Each Appointment With My Child?

All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult who can give legal consent for their treatment.

This is usually their mother or father. If for example a grandparent is bringing them then I will require a written and signed letter from the parent giving clear consent for treatment to be given with the grandparent (or other person) there.

How Many Sessions Will My Baby Or Child Need?

Most babies and children will need 3-5 treatments depending on their problem, and what happened during pregnancy and birth.

Occasionally for some particular issues or complex cases more sessions might be needed but this would be discussed with you fully at the beginning.

Is Structural Osteopathy Safe For My Child?

As babies grow to become toddlers and children, I use cranial osteopathy for treatment. As the child grows older sometimes some structural osteopathic techniques maybe appropriate e.g. soft tissue massage in sports injuries, gentle articulation and stretching of joints.

Osteopathy is a safe manual therapy for children, and often they do not have any reactions. However all parents should know that children can be tired, achey or headachey after treatment for 2-3 days.

Is Cranial Osteopathy Safe For My Baby?

Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle and safe form of treatment, and is most commonly associated with treatment of babies, even though I use it with my adult patients too.

Sometimes little ones can be unsettled after treatment (e.g. crying, not sleeping) for 2-3 days as they get used to the changes happening in their bodies, but often parents report that they were “just a bit grizzly” for a day after treatment.

Often parents report they were soothed and relaxed after treatment.

How Many Sessions Will I Need For Pregnancy Issues?

This depends on your particular problem, and how well your body is adapting to pregnancy. Some mums only need 3 sessions for their initial problem, and then may return for ‘maintenance’ to help them occasionally through the rest of pregnancy.

Some mums may have more difficulty adapting to pregnancy for example if they are hypermobile, and if symptoms have started early on in pregnancy may need a few more sessions throughout the pregnancy to keep them on track.

Is Osteopathy Safe During Pregnancy?

Osteopathy and cranial osteopathy can be very helpful throughout all stages of pregnancy.

Treatment is gentle, safe and I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

I always take the greatest of care with my pregnant patients, and I will adapt your treatment accordingly. There is absolutely no proven link between osteopathic treatment and an increased incidence of miscarriage.

Can I Pay By Card?

Yes I have a card machine so can accept all cards including American Express.