What is an osteopath and what do Osteopaths Treat?
- Low back pain and sciatica
- Neck pain
- Postural tension
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis and golfers elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Repetitive strain injuries (R.S.I)
- Hip, knee and ankle pain
- Whiplash injuries
- Degenerative conditions (Osteoarthritis)
- Jaw pain
- Tension headaches
How many treatments will I need?
As every patient is unique this will depend on your individual problem and particularly how long you’ve had it. In most cases my clients report a definite change for the better very early on in their treatment plan. In general though, the longer you’ve had the problem or pain, the longer it will take to get it sorted. We will always inform you on our rational for continuing treatment and will discuss any changes to it. If we feel that you are not responding to treatment as expected, we will discuss with you other treatment options or refer you for further clinical investigation from another healthcare professional.
What should I expect during the consultation?
During the first consultation, a full case history will be taken regarding information about your symptoms, general health and previous medical history. I will then normally ask you to perform a series of movements so I can identify any possible tissue restrictions. The examination may include medical testing such as blood pressure or neurological reflexes if I feel it is appropriate. I will then look for any abnormalities within the body’s structure and will then use a variety of treatment techniques such as manipulation, articulation and soft tissue massage to create a change in the dysfunctional tissues.
What should I wear?
That’s a good question since it is important that you are comfortable. Loose fitting clothing would be the best choice. You will normally be asked to undress to your underwear though if this makes you feel uncomfortable simply bring along a t-shirt and shorts to change into.
How soon will I feel better?
The number of treatments needed depends on your condition when you arrive. If you have chronic low back pain for example, you may need several treatments. For acute pain, one or two treatments may be enough. In most cases you feel a change for the better very quickly. After an osteopathic treatment, you may feel a little stiff or sore for up to 48 hours but this is quite normal and quickly fades. This can feel very similar to the soreness you feel after exercise. Always feel free to ring and talk to us if you have any concerns or worries.
Can osteopathy help during pregnancy and childbirth?
This is a very good time to visit your osteopath during your pregnancy as aches and pains are very common while the body adapts so quickly to accommodate the increasing size and weight of the baby. This leads to considerable changes to your posture which often results in back pain, neck pain, tension headaches and heavy legs developing. Our hands on approach aims to ease any restrictions and strains patterns held within the pelvis and body as your ligaments are softer than usual during pregnancy due to the action of hormones. This allows the bones of the pelvis to separate slightly during the delivery to facilitate the passage of the baby’s head through the pelvis. Unfortunately this softening affects the whole body and makes it more vulnerable to strain during the pregnancy.
Do I need to see my GP first?
No although GP’s do refer patients directly to us. There may be times that we may want to consult your doctor about some relevant information but this will only be done with your written consent.
How much does treatment cost?
Treatment fees when carried out at our Seer Green Clinic are as follows:
Initial consultation: £75 (75 mins)
Follow up appointments: £75 (75mins)
For osteopath treatments at your home visits please call us to get a price quote.
We require payment by the end of each session we accept cash, cheque and all major credit and debit cards.
What if I have to cancel my appointment?
Please give us 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend your appointment in order to offer your slot to other patients. Failure to do so may result in a 50% cancellation fee.
What geographical areas does Seer Green Osteopaths cover.
Most of our patients are local residents from Chalfont, Beaconsfield, Amersham and Gerrards Cross but we regularly see patients from the home counties such as Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Berkshire.
Do you offer osteopath treatment at my home?
Yes we do. At Seer Green Osteopaths we operate a home visiting service covering the areas of Chalfont, Beaconsfield, Amersham and Gerrards Cross. We offer a prompt and efficient osteopathic service in the comfort of your own home while you still experience the same level of professional healthcare and benefits that you would receive at our clinic.
This service is ideal for patients who feel more at ease in being treated in a familiar environment and alleviates the stress of commuting to our clinic. It is extremely beneficial for patients that are immobile, housebound or are in too much pain and therefore require an emergency treatment.
All consultations last 1 hour and it is recommended that another adult is present on the premises to act as a potential chaperone during the treatment if required.
For further information regarding any details of this service and for patients travelling from further afield to see visit us e.g. Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire or Berkshire, please do not hesitate to contact for a price quote or for any additional information
Can I claim on my private medical insurance?
Many private health insurance policies provide cover for osteopathic treatment. It may be possible to claim for a course of treatment but you should check in advance with your insurance company before seeking osteopathic treatment, in order to confirm the available level of cover and whether you will need to have a referral from your GP or a specialist. Please check the terms and conditions of your individual policy and obtain the appropriate authorisation number to confirm that you are covered for the full cost of the treatment. All patients are ultimately responsible for any unpaid fees.