Osteopathy FAQs

Do I need a referral from my doctor to see an osteopath?
No; osteopaths are independent practitioners therefore you can make an appointment without a referral from your doctor.
I have acute low back pain. Would osteopathy help?
Yes, osteopathy has been proven to be more successful in treating acute low back pain than standard medical treatment.
What should I wear?
Don’t worry! You will only be required to take off the minimum amount of clothing. Females will be comfortable in shorts and a sports bra. Men will be comfortable in shorts.
I have sciatic pain down my leg, can osteopathy help?
Yes osteopathy can often resolve sciatic pain, this pain is very commonly related to mechanical problems in the low back or pelvis.
Can osteopathy help a frozen shoulder?
Yes osteopathy can help reduce the pain and stiffness associated with shoulder pain and often provide complete resolution of this extremely painful condition.
Can osteopathy help with a whiplash injury?
Osteopathy can help reduce the muscle spasm and inflammation in the acute stage, manipulation can then help to correct vertebral problems which my be the result of more chronic pain in the neck.
Can osteopathy help with migraine?
Yes it can as migraine can often be the result of upper neck or cranial problems.
Can osteopathy help with my headaches?
Osteopathy will help to correct problem in the neck or upper back which can often be the cause of pain refereed to the head or face.
I am pregnant and have developed low back pain. Can osteopathy help?
Osteopathy may be helpful for patient with lower back pain during the second and third trimester of the pregnancy.
Will osteopathy help with my knee pain?
Knee pain can often be the result of mechanical problems in other parts of the body such as the feet or the pelvis.
What’s the difference between osteopathic treatment and physiotherapy? I have previously had physiotherapy treatment for my lower back which did not help.
The aim of an Osteopath and Physiotherapist is the same, however the approach of each practitioner is different and different people respond differently to these forms of therapy. If one therapy isn’t helpful for your complaint, then the other therapy may be more suitable.
I have just had baby and have developed low back pain. Can osteopathy help?
Osteopathy may be helpful in treating women who have had a baby by rebalancing muscles and joints.
I an a pensioner, I have been told I have arthritis in my neck and low back. Can osteopathy help?
Osteopathy cannot cure your arthritis but can improve the mobility of your back and neck. Improved mobility will help relive a considerable amount of stiffness which regularly improves levels of pain and quality of life.
Can osteopathy help a sports injury?
Yes osteopathy can treat most sports related injuries such as ankle, knee, shoulder, wrist and groin problems.