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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

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Osteopathy

Osteopathy:

 

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a primary care profession, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, and the effects of these conditions on patients' general health. Osteopaths seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.

It is the Osteopath's job to help remove any barriers to that process helping to restore optimal function, but more importantly, prevent pain returning and injuries from reoccurring.

What can I expect at an Initial Osteopathy Appointment?

Your Osteopath will have read through your Case History Form in advance of your Initial Appointment. At the beginning of your session, the Osteopath will ensure they have fully understood your presenting issue and will then observe you making some simple movements to help them make a diagnosis which will be explained to you. Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly-developed sense of touch, known as palpation.

The Osteopath will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions

needed to treat your condition effectively.  If the Osteopath thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment,

you will be advised about how to seek further care. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify

when a patient needs to be referred to a GP.

Are there specific techniques that might cause discomfort?

Whilst some manual techniques integrated within your Osteopathy session, such as deep tissue massage or joint manipulations, may cause mild discomfort during the process, Osteopaths are trained to tailor their approach to the individual's tolerance levels and ensure a comfortable experience.

Can I communicate with the Osteopath during the treatment if it's uncomfortable?

Absolutely. Osteopaths encourage open communication during the session. If you experience discomfort or have concerns, informing the practitioner allows them to adjust their techniques or provide additional explanations to ensure your comfort.

Will I be sore after an Osteopathy session?

Some individuals may experience mild soreness, similar to post-exercise soreness, after an Osteopathy session. This is normal and often temporary. It's advisable to stay hydrated and follow any post-treatment recommendations provided by the osteopath.

Are there conditions where Osteopathy might be more uncomfortable?

In cases where there is acute inflammation, severe trauma, or recent surgery, certain techniques may be adjusted to accommodate the individual's comfort levels. Osteopaths will adapt their approach based on the specific conditions presented.

How long does any discomfort typically last after an Osteopathy session?

Any post-treatment soreness is usually short-lived, usually lasting a day or two at most. If discomfort persists (which can sometimes occur in presence of an acute condition), please contact your Osteopath who will be able to offer you advice. Staying hydrated, applying ice or heat as recommended by the Osteopath, and avoiding strenuous activities immediately after a session can help manage any post-treatment discomfort.

 

What conditions can Osteopathy address?

Osteopathy can help with various conditions, including back and neck pain, joint issues, headaches, sciatica, sports injuries and RSI. For a more extensive list of issues Osteopaths can help with, please see the list below. If you'd like to know whether we are able to help with your specific issue, please contact the clinic. 

How long is an Osteopathy session?

All Osteopathy appointments are 30 minutes. Unlike most Osteopathy Clinics, we ensure that your appointment time is utilised as efficiently as possible.

Whereas the majority of clinics will typically spend the first 20-30 minutes asking you questions which cuts in to your appointment time, we send out a Case History Form to you online which we ask you to submit back to us in advance of your appointment. This allows the Osteopath to analyse this form in advance of your appointment meaning that the majority of your Initial appointment time can be used for establishing the root cause of your issue and for commencing treatment. 

How many Osteopathy sessions will I need?

The number of sessions required varies depending on the individual's condition and response to treatment. Some people may experience relief after just a few sessions, while others may need more ongoing care.

Paediatric Osteopathy:

Which conditions can benefit from Paediatric Osteopathy?

Paediatric Osteopathy can benefit a variety of conditions, including but not limited to issues related to birth trauma, colic, digestion, sleeping and musculoskeletal imbalances including torticollis and plagiocephaly. If your child is experiencing discomfort or developmental challenges, consulting with a Paediatric Osteopath can help determine if this form of therapy may be beneficial.

 

Is Paediatric Osteopathy safe for my baby or child?

Paediatric Osteopathy is a safe, gentle and non-invasive approach specifically tailored to your child's age and condition. 

At what age can my child start Paediatric Osteopathy?

Children of all ages, from newborns to adolescents, can benefit from Paediatric Osteopathy. The techniques are adapted to suit the child's developmental stage, ensuring that they are safe and effective.

How long does a Paediatric Osteopathy session last?

A Paediatric Osteopathy Session lasts for around 30 minutes. 

How many sessions will my baby or child need, and how often?

The number of sessions and frequency can vary based on the child's individual needs and response to treatment. The Osteopath will discuss a personalised treatment plan with you, outlining the recommended number and frequency of sessions.

Will my child feel any pain during the Osteopathic treatment?

Paediatric osteopathy is designed to be gentle and non-invasive. While some children may be a little sensitive or uncomfortable initially, the goal is to improve their comfort over time. Osteopaths communicate with your child throughout the session, ensuring they feel at ease.

Can Paediatric Osteopathy be combined with other medical treatments?

Yes, Paediatric Osteopathy can often be used alongside traditional medical treatments. It's important to communicate with your child's healthcare providers, ensuring a collaborative approach to their overall health and well-being.

Cranial Osteopathy:

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is a specialised form of osteopathic treatment that focuses on the gentle manipulation of the bones of the head (including the skull), spine, and sacrum to promote healing and alleviate various health issues.

How does Cranial Osteopathy differ from traditional Osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy shares the basic principles of osteopathy but places a particular emphasis on the subtle movements of the bones, especially those of the skull and spine. Practitioners use gentle touch to release tension and encourage the body's self-healing mechanisms.

Which conditions can Cranial Osteopathy help with?

Cranial Osteopathy is believed to be beneficial for a wide range of conditions, including headaches, migraines, musculoskeletal issues, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders, stress-related problems, and some neurological conditions.

It is also one of the treatments of choice for babies who are unsettled, struggling with sleeping or having issues with constipation, reflux and colic. 

 

Is Cranial Osteopathy only for head-related issues?

While Cranial Osteopathy is named for its focus on the head, it can have effects throughout the body. 

Acupuncture:

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points to stimulate energy flow and promote healing.

Is Acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture is generally painless, with some individuals experiencing mild sensations like tingling or warmth.

How does Acupuncture complement Osteopathy?

Acupuncture can enhance pain relief and improve circulation when combined with Osteopathic treatments.

 

Physiotherapy:

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy aims to improve mobility, alleviate pain, and enhance overall physical function.

Is Physiotherapy painful?

Physiotherapy techniques may cause temporary discomfort, but our therapists work within your pain tolerance.

How many Physiotherapy sessions will I need?

The number of sessions required varies depending on the individual's condition and response to treatment. Some people may experience relief after just a few sessions, while others may need more ongoing care.

Can Physiotherapy help with sports injuries?

Yes, Physiotherapy is effective in managing and rehabilitating various sports-related injuries.

 

 

Booking and General Information:

How do I book an appointment?

You can book appointments by calling our clinic or using our online scheduling system on the website.

Can I claim on my Private Medical Insurance?

Yes, we are recognised providers for AXA, Aviva & Vitality (currently only available at our South Woodford clinic).

Please select the 'Private Medical Insurance' Option when booking online.

We will require your Membership and/or Policy Number as well as any excess payable. This will be requested from you in the Case History Form sent to you within your appointment confirmation.

Can I request a specific practitioner?

Yes, you can request a specific practitioner when booking, based on availability.

Can I combine multiple therapies in one session?

Depending on your needs, our practitioners may recommend a combination of therapies within a session.

Is there disabled access?

Unfortunately we do not have disabled access at the clinics. We do however have a massage therapist in his 4th Year of Osteopathic study who is able to provide home visits at no additional cost. To book at home-visit appointment, please email the clinic at ben@bencohenosteopathy.com and this can be arranged.

Can I wear something specific to maintain modesty during the assessment?

Osteopathy often involves a hands-on examination of the musculoskeletal system. Removing certain clothing allows the osteopath to better assess the structure, alignment, and movement of the body to provide an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

The osteopath may request the removal of outer layers or specific clothing covering the area being assessed, depending on the region under examination. Patients are encouraged to wear suitable clothing, such as a sports bra for females or other comfortable athletic wear, to maintain modesty while still allowing the osteopath access to the areas requiring examination.

 

What if I'm uncomfortable removing clothing?

Open communication is key. If you feel uncomfortable removing certain clothing, discuss your concerns with the osteopath. They can often adjust their assessment techniques or provide alternatives to ensure your comfort.

 

​Which conditions can an Osteopath help with?

  • Back Pain – ‘slipped disc’/disc bulges, Sciatica, Pelvic Dysfunction, Osteoarthritis, Pregnancy-related, 

 

  • Neck Pain – ‘slipped disc’ , Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Postural

 

  • Headaches – Tension-type, Cervicogenic, Posturally-related

 

  • Shoulder pain – Rotator Cuff, Impingement, Tendinopathy

 

  • Elbow pain – Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow, Peripheral Nerve Entrapment

 

  • Wrist pain – Carpal Tunnel, Repetitive Strain Injury

 

  • Hip pain – Bursitis, giving way (Labral tear), Osteoarthritis, ITB Syndrome

 

  • Knee pain – Meniscus, ligament (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL), Osteoarthritis

 

  • Foot pain / Ankle pain – Ligament, Plantar Fasciitis, Osteoarthritis, Achilles Tendinopathy

  • Sports Injuries

  • Headaches

  • Increased Muscle tightness / Joint Stiffness

  • Muscle Strains

  • Routine Body Maintenance

Acupuncture
When should you see an Osteopath
Booking & General Infomation
Cranial Osteopathy
Paediatric Osteopathy
Physiotherapy
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