Loughton Osteopath - Ben Cohen Osteopathy
What can I expect on my first visit to an Osteopath?
At the first consultation, the Osteopath will compile a full case history of your symptoms, as well as asking for information
about your lifestyle and diet. The Osteopath may also observe you making some simple movements to help them make a diagnosis.
You will usually be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined.
Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly-developed sense of touch, known as palpation, to determine conditions and identify the body's points of weakness or excessive strain. Osteopathy is a 'package' of care that includes skilled mobilising and manipulative techniques, reinforced by guidance on diet and exercise.
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.
Can I see an Osteopath through the NHS?
Currently, access to Osteopathy on the NHS is limited, but services are becoming more widespread as commissioning authorities recognise the benefits of providing osteopathy to patients. To find out if NHS treatment is available in your area, speak to your GP and/or contact your local primary care trust.
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.
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.
Using many of the diagnostic procedures applied in conventional medical assessment, Osteopaths seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. The human body has an amazing capacity to repair and recover, and it is the Osteopath's job to help remove any barriers to that process. In short, an Osteopaths aim is to
help restore optimal function, but more importantly, prevent pain returning and injuries from reoccurring.
Osteopaths' patient-centred approach to health and well-being, means they consider symptoms in the context of the patient's full medical history, as well as their lifestyle and personal circumstances. This holistic approach ensures that all treatment is tailored to the individual patient.
What do Osteopaths treat?
Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders without the use of drugs or surgery. Commonly treated conditions include back and neck pain, postural problems, sporting injuries, muscle
and joint deterioration, restricted mobility and occupational ill-health.
Do I need a GP referral to see an Osteopath?
Most patients 'self refer' to an Osteopath for treatment. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and Osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete, and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners.
Do GPs refer their patients to Osteopaths?
Yes. GPs refer patients to osteopaths where they believe this intervention would be beneficial. Referral guidelines are provided by
the General Medical Council.
How do I know if an osteopath is registered?
All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. You can use the Register to check whether your health professional is currently registered.
Can anyone call themself an Osteopath?
The title 'Osteopath' is protected by law, and only those included on the Register are entitled to practise as Osteopaths. Unregistered practice is a criminal offence in the UK.
What training do Osteopaths have?
Undergraduate students follow a four or five-year degree course combining academic and clinical work. Qualification generally takes the form of a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy – a BSc(Hons), BOst or BOstMed – or a masters degree in Osteopathy (MOst). Many Osteopaths continue their studies after graduating.
Osteopaths are required to update their training throughout their working lives. They must complete at least 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development per year.
Is there disabled access?
At Ben Cohen Osteopathy, wheelchair users may use an alternative entrance if mentioned when booking. Whilst this does not have a ramp, the step is low, wide and useable with assistance.
A more extensive list of questions can be found on the General Osteopathic Council's website