most frequently asked questions.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your first visit will last approximately one hour.
You will be asked to talk about your symptoms and relevant aspects of your general health to make sure you are suitable for osteopathic treatment.
There is usually a physical examination. This involves some movement of the affected area to see how it functions. It often involves identifying areas of stiffness and tension in the muscles and joints (by pressing gently into the tissues). Other tests may be necessary depending on the problem.
There is usually some discussion about the findings, a diagnosis, what treatment will involve, how many treatments you may need and what your options are (if Andreas thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will be advised on how to seek further care)
Treatment will usually begin on the first visit. Osteopathy is a ‘package’ of care that includes skilled mobilising, manipulative and ‘massage’ techniques, reinforced by guidance on diet, lifestyle, exercise and education on your symptoms.
What information would be helpful?
Medical reports, scans or X-ray results and medication details are always helpful. If you are seeking treatment for a specific concern (i.e. a sore lower back) it may be helpful to think about things that may have triggered the condition and what tends to make it worse or better.
Will I need to undress?
If you are uncomfortable with removing clothing you will be offered a light, disposable medical gown. Towels are also used during treatment. You are welcome to be accompanied by a chaperone should you wish (particularly at Andreas’ home venue in Wandsworth Town).
Can I bring someone with me?
Will my back /neck be ‘clicked’?
You will be involved in decisions regarding your care, your informed decision is final and every part of the process requires your consent to proceed.
Does osteopathy hurt?
How many treatments will I need?
Andreas should be able to anticipate your course of treatment, and give you a realistic idea on recovery time. Occasionally, with long term problems or because patients may find it useful, regular treatment over a long term basis, for example once every 4-12 weeks may be suitable for ongoing prevention and/or maintenance.
Will I need to come back for check-ups?
Do I need to see my doctor first?
Osteopaths are also trained to recognise when a person needs medical attention rather than osteopathic treatment. Your consent will be required to make a referral to your GP (or other professional).
Is my personal information kept confidential?
Yes, your notes have the same protection as your other medical records.
In the event that you are referred to another professional (GP, physiotherapist etc) your explicit and written consent will be obtained.
Can I claim on my private medical insurance?
Many insurance companies provide an annual limit for self-referred treatment by complimentary healthcare practitioners, such as osteopaths. In such cases, you will be able to claim back costs and reimbursed after your insurance receives receipt of payments (usually with an authorisation reference/ number provided by the insurer). Andreas will be happy to provide all documentation required.
Are there any risks of having osteopathic treatment, and is it safe?
Osteopaths are trained for a minimum of 4 years and are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). For more information about osteopathy training and the professions’ regulation please visit the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and Institute of Osteopathy (iO) websites. Any specific risks will be discussed with you before any examination or treatment begins. If you have any concerns then please contact Andreas and he will be happy to discuss these with you.