FAQ: what you need to know
Osteopathy is more than just bones, osteopaths are musculoskeletal specialists who are trained to work with their hands to diagnose and treat all manner of problems affecting the muscles, bones and nerves in your body. We use a wide range of techniques tailor made to each patient. Osteopaths treat patients of all ages.
What do osteopaths do?
Osteopaths believe that the body has the capability to repair itself – sometimes it needs a little help along the way. Osteopaths use gentle articulation, massage and joint manipulation to encourage better joint movement and free any mechanical restrictions that may be preventing your body from healing. We also use cranial techniques gently to restore balance within the body’s system.
Does treatment hurt?
How many treatments will I need?
Ice or Heat?
How can heat help?
Contrast bathing is the application of ice and then heat straight afterwards. It is often useful a few days after an acute injury when you wish to ‘stir’ up the healing process to accelerate it. Always start and finish with ice – e.g. 5 min ice, 5 min heat, 5 min ice. Although heat may seem the more appealing option, ice can be an extremely useful tool when in pain.
Do I need to be referred by my doctor?
Is Osteopathy available on the NHS in Somerset?
How are osteopaths trained?
Osteopathic training involves completing over 1000 clinical hours – working with members of the general public. Osteopaths are also qualified to work with babies and children; many of whom have specialist post-graduate qualifications in paediatric osteopathy. In order to carry out referrals, osteopaths are trained to screen for medical conditions.
Is osteopathy safe during pregnancy?
Can I claim for osteopathy on my private insurance?
For more information on which providers we are registered with please contact us.
What is the difference between an osteo, chiro and physio?
Treatment is aimed at the whole body, not just the area that is causing symptoms.
Consultation times vary but will typically last 30 mins (follow up consultations).
Please refer to the official websites of the other two professions for accurate definition of the therapy.
Chirpractic – click to view website
Physiotherapy – click to view website
How much does a treatment cost?
Follow up appointments (30 mins)…………………..£37
Under 18s & Students
Follow up appointments……………………………..…..£33
We accept payment in cash and cheque.
We request that all fees are paid at the time of the appointment.
We are registered with most private health insurance providers, including BUPA.
We recommend that you check with your insurer before booking an appointment to
confirm your policy details.
We require 24hrs notice for any cancellations or a fee of £20.00 will be charged.
Missed appointments will be charged at £20.00.
Mon-Fri: 8.30 – 6pm
Sat: 9 – 12pm
After hours and weekend appointments by arrangement.
Please call 01934 750 419 to make an appointment or to make further enquires.
Our Lympsham location provides convenient access and onsite parking.