These are short answers to the most frequently asked questions about osteopathy and our treatments. We would be happy to try and answer any question you have that is not resolved below if you call or email us at the Contacts page.
Are osteopaths regulated by law?
All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the GOsC. Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year to obtain an annual licence to practise. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and are of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements.
How much treatment will I need?
It is difficult to give an answer without an examination and diagnosis first. This is because people are quite different, and it also depends of course on whether your injury or condition is acute, chronic, or traumatic. It depends on how bad your symptoms are and for how long you have had them. Again, it also depends on your age and general health. Generally by the end of the first session we aim to give you an idea of what to expect.
What about Health Insurance cover?
We are approved by the leading health insurers including Aviva, Pruhealth, Simply Health and Axa. Like many osteopaths, we do not accept BUPA. It is always a good idea to check with your insurer first – some insurers require a GP letter, and some require you to pay an excess depending on your cover.
What about my GP – do I need a referral first?
No. You can see an osteopath without a referral. Often we write – with your consent, of course – to the GP to inform the GP of our diagnosis, treatment, and your progress. As the GP is the gatekeeper of your health records this is obviously a sensible courtesy in appropriate cases. Sometimes we may refer you back to your GP for other treatment, and again, with consent, we would give you a letter.
What do I wear?
Sometimes we ask patients to undress to their underwear. Often we do not. It is not necessary to undress for IDD Therapy.
What training do osteopaths have – can anyone call themselves an osteopath?
All osteopaths practising in the UK have completed rigorous training. Students of osteopathy follow a four or five-year degree course, during which they study anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics. In addition they undergo a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical training. Qualification generally takes the form of a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy – a BSc(Hons), BOst or BOstMed – or a masters degree in osteopathy (MOst).
The title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety.
What treatment would be most likely to help me?
We can advise you once we have spoken to you and examined you. We can also give preliminary advice on the phone. In any event we discuss options and your preferences with you first before embarking on actual treatment.