Visiting the osteopath at thepractice
what happens when you visit the osteopath?
As Osteopaths we consider each person as an individual. On your first visit to thepractice, Totnes, we will spend time taking a detailed medical history, including information about your lifestyle and diet. You will normally be asked to undress to your underwear and perform a series of simple movements.
We use our hands to identify abnormalities in the structure and function of a body, and to assess areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain. By this means, we will make a full diagnosis and discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively.
We work with your body’s ability to heal itself. We will usually start any treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints, using gentle massage and rhythmic joint movements. The particular range of techniques we use will depend on your problem.
The first treatment generally lasts about 60 minutes (to allow for case history taking and diagnosis) and for subsequent treatments we allow up to an hour. We may also offer added exercises and health advice, to help reduce the symptoms and improve your health and quality of life.
We will try to make you feel at ease during your consultation and explain everything that is happening. Do ask questions at any time if you are unsure or have any concerns.
How much does it cost?
Most people visit an osteopath as a private patient and pay for their treatment.
£38 for a new patient and any following treatments
£25 for Children ten and under
payment by cash or cheques, cashpoints can be found close to thepractice
If you have private health insurance it may be possible to claim for your treatment. You will need to ask your insurance company about the available level of cover and whether you need to be referred by your GP or a specialist.
Is referral from a doctor necessary?
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.
Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP.