Osteopathic Treatment FAQ
No I don’t have that facility but I am happy to look at any investigations that you have had done. I am not a doctor so I would be unable to give you a diagnosis from an X ray but they can help me understand what is going on.
I will take down some notes about who you are and what you are concerned about, alongside a medical history. I will also ask a few questions about your lifestyle. I will then examine you from head to toe to get an idea of your whole body posture. I may ask you to move in certain directions to see where you are moving well and where there is pain. Once I have got a good idea of what I think is going on I will sit and have a chat about what I have found and how me might go about improving things. You will get about 20 minutes treatment in the first session.
I make it very clear in all of my sessions that I would much rather you tell me there and then if you are not comfortable with anything I do. If you don’t tell me I am doing something wrong then I can’t change it. I cannot read your mind. If you are not happy then please just tell me, and we can have a talk about things. If you get to the point of treatment on a first visit and you don’t want to continue then you are free to walk out of the clinic at no cost. If you get home and are unhappy with anything then please just call me up or get someone else to call me and we can have a chat about things over the phone. We are governed by the General Osteopathic Council and they deal with all malpractice matters.
In 90% of cases it is very different but there are some Osteopaths and Chiropractors that meet somewhere in the middle. Osteopathy tends to use a broader set of tools and doesn’t just “click bones”. I use massage, mobilizations, “clicking” and cranial osteopathy, as well as stretches and exercise. The treatment usually lasts for longer, in my clinic an initial consult would last 45-60mins and a follow-up treatment 40-45 minutes.
Yes osteopathy is regulated by the General Osteopathic Council and anyone practicing as an Osteopath has to register with them every year with up to date study, and insurance. All Osteopaths will have studied for 4 years and passed a degree in Osteopathic medicine. We also have to undertake 30 hours per year of continual professional development (further study) to keep up to date and further our training.
This is a very difficult question to answer as it depends on what you are coming to see me about. I usually expect to see people 2-3 times, weekly for normal musculoskeletal problems. Babies I usually see for 2-3 treatments and then space things out to allow them to do some growing before a final check up. There are cases when longer treatment is necessary. I don’t prescribe a course of treatments as such as I feel this is not being a responsible practioner, I’d much rather take it week by week and be led by the patient.
Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle form of treatment and I am often asked, “what are you doing?” it’s that gentle. More structural techniques involving massage and mobilisations can be a bit more obvious! You can feel a bit tender but I am always checking in to see that all is ok and will ease off at your request. Osteopathy shouldn’t be painful as such and if it is we need to change things up and use a more gentle techniques.
Osteopathy is about looking at the whole body but it is not necessary to get undressed if you don’t want to. Please come wearing loose fitting clothes, a pair of shorts and vest top or suitable underwear if you don’t mind getting undressed. Please don’t wear your most precious clothes as we do use cream and oil in some cases.
Treatment reactions can be felt even after cranial osteopathy. Usual duration would be 12-24 hours of mild discomfort. Anything beyond that you need to call up and check in to see what’s going on. I always give out advice on how to manage any discomfort.
I am trained to take blood pressure, measure reflexes and muscle strength, look in eyes and ears and mouths, test skin for numbness, and lots of specific tests for musculoskeletal injuries. I do not take bloods or do any invasive investigations.
I have three wide steps leading up to my clinic that I can get a wheelchair up but you would probably be unable to do by yourself. There is enough room to get buggies in and out of the clinic easily and I will take any buggy up the steps should you need a hand. The toilet is not a disabled toilet.
I don’t tend to do home visits unless it’s an emergency and you cant physically get to the clinic.
There is always fluidity in my working hours. If you cant find a time that suits in my general opening hours then please call and I will see what I can do for you.
You can book online using the book an appointment link. You can call me on 07974374351 and I can book you in myself or you can send me a text and I can send you a link to book in at your own convenience. I don’t use a receptionist so I will get back to you as soon as I can if you leave me a message. If its urgent please send me a text with Urgent as the first word and I will respond ASAP.
Radinden Drive is a dead end street just off Hove Park Road very close to Dyke road. Postcode is BN3 6LB and its number 4. There is a map on the contacts page.
You can park for free outside the clinic in the designated parking space, or on the road outside (also free). Please don’t park on the grass verge as some of my neighbours can get a bit upset, just pull up next to the curb making sure you are not blocking any ones driveway.
Yes I can do one on the spot or e-mail one over to you
There are some areas where you can get Osteopathy as part of the NHS, but for most of us it is not part of the NHS and you will need to pay privately. If you are having trouble paying then please call me and we can have a chat about discounted treatments.
You will need to check with your individual insurance company as to whether they will pay for Osteopathy. I will provide you with a letter giving number of treatments, cost and diagnosis on request. I won’t claim any money back from an insurance company, you will need to pay me on the day and claim back from them yourself.
I am not BUPA registered. They unfortunately make it impossible for us to work with them so I am not on their register. You will find some Osteopaths that are registered with them in Brighton but you will have to search online to find them.
I offer discounts on a case-by-case basis. If you need some help with payments then please have a chat with me before you book a session.