Osteopath Basingstoke

FAQ's

Do I need to see my General Practitioner first?

Although many local general practitioners refer patients to us, it is not necessary to see your GP before coming to the osteopath. Osteopaths recognise the kind of problems that are not suitable for osteopathic treatment and will refer you back to your GP if that is more appropriate.


 What do I need to bring to treatment?

We need to know about your past and present health. Therefore, if you are on medication of any kind, please bring either the medication or information about what you are taking. If you have had private x-rays taken and have the films in your possession, please bring them with you.


 Will I need to undress?

Generally, the answer to this is yes. Even if the symptoms are in a limb (perhaps an elbow or knee problem), we may well still need to examine other parts of the body. For instance, where there is pain in the hip or knee we may need to examine the lower back region. Where there is pain in the arm, we may need to examine the neck and upper back. Please wear suitable underwear that you feel comfortable in, or bring something to change into.


 Is treatment uncomfortable?

We may have to examine and treat areas of the body that are tender and therefore sensitive to touch. The techniques we use should not generally cause or amplify the pain that you have come with, but sometimes there may be discomfort when sensitive areas are treated.


 Will there be after- effects to treatment?

It is not uncommon to feel sore or stiff after treatment, sometime in the following 24 hours as people vary in the way they respond to treatment. Frequently, a hot bath or gentle movement such as walking around or stretching will ease any after-effects. Your osteopath will advise on what is best for you at the end of the treatment. Often these after-effects are the result of muscles or joints having been stretched for the first time in days, weeks or months, and may feel like you have done unaccustomed exercise.


 How long does treatment take?

When you first consult one of our osteopaths, your consultation will usually last 40-60 minutes. If you need further treatment, the session will usually last between 20-30 minutes.


 How many treatments will I need?

This will vary on the nature of the problem; what factors have contributed to the problem and how long it has been there. Osteopathic treatment may well help to accelerate your recovery; however, how you manage your problem will also have a bearing. Therefore, some people only need to visit once, while others may need many treatments. Your osteopath should give you an assessment of how much treatment is likely to be required at your first appointment.


 What is cranial Osteopathy?

This approach applies Osteopathic principles to the treatment of the whole body, including the head. The body has amazing powers of healing and regeneration. Cranial Osteopathy works with the forces of growth and development to guide the body back to its healthy function. These forces are at their most vigorous in the early years, so babies and children respond very rapidly to treatment.


 Do I need x-rays?

The large majority of people who consult osteopaths do not. This is because x-rays only show problems of bones, and most mechanical problems within the body result from soft tissue injuries or strain (muscles,  ligaments, tendons etc), which are not visible on x-rays. If at consultation we were concerned that x-rays or other tests were necessary we generally refer the patient back to their GP.


 How do I pay?

Payment is by cash or cheque payable at the end of each session. If you have private medical insurance you will usually be required to have a GP referral. Please check with your own insurance company.


 Is there parking?

Yes, there is free parking at the Rooksdown Practice.


 Are there disabled facilities?

Yes.


 Can I have treatment if I am pregnant?

Yes, however we usually suggest you wait until you are 12 weeks pregnant although we may be able to offer advice over the phone.

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The Hackwood Partnership
Essex House
Essex Road
RG21 8SU

 

The Rooksdown Osteopathic Practice
Park Prewett Medical Centre
Park Prewett Road
Basingstoke
Hampshire RG24 9RG

 

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