How do you pronounce “Fionnuala”?

This really is the most frequently asked question! It’s pronounced “Fi-nu-la”!

What can Osteopathy help?

Osteopathy can help relieve any musculoskeletal problem, in people of all ages.  Musculoskeletal conditions include back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headaches, hip problems, knee problems, arthritis, shoulder pain, to mention but a few.

If you also have other health problems, your osteopath will advise you to seek appropriate medical guidance. It is possible to have osteopathic treatment as well as conventional medical treatment. Your osteopath will be able to advise you on this.

What does 'musculoskeletal' mean?

Musculoskeletal means all the muscles, all the skeleton and everything else connected to it. So that includes the nerves, ligaments, tendons, joints, spine and neck, arms, legs and head. Basically it’s all of you except your internal organs!

Your musculoskeletal system is affected by your posture, by how you hold yourself and how you move. Your regular daily activities and any injuries or illnesses you have had might also be relevant. It’s your whole body, so it is involved in how you do everything in your life.

Sciatica, trapped nerves, slipped discs, arthritis, frozen shoulder, repetitive strain injury (RSI), any joint problems – things like these are all musculoskeletal conditions.

Musculoskeletal is often abbreviated to MSK.  If you go to see your GP for back pain, for example,  you may be referred to an MSK clinic. Osteopathy is private treatment for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, outside the NHS.

Is Osteopathy right for me?

Osteopathic treatment is tailored to each individual person’s needs and circumstances. At your first appointment we talk through everything which might be relevant to your problems. Your Osteopath always has time to discuss this with you to ensure that you are getting what you need.

If you are not sure about whether osteopathy would be right for you, call us and we can talk through your concerns. Alternatively,  you could book in for a free brief appointment (with no obligation and no treatment) just to talk it all over.

Do I need referral from my GP?

No, although you may chose to consult your GP as well. The osteopath might advise you to see your GP or might contact your GP, with your permission, if that is necessary. Osteopathy is private treatment, outside of the NHS.

Is Osteopathy expensive?

Osteopathy is a lot more affordable than you might expect, and excellent value for money.

There is no waiting list. You can make your appointments at a time that suits you. Each appointment is between 30mins and an hour long, so there is plenty of time, alongside treatment, to discuss everything that is relevant to your problem. We discuss your work and daily activities, exercise, other health issues, even lifestyle and nutrition. They are all relevant to your health.

You and your osteopath have time to get to know each other and find what works best for you. Treatment is tailored to your needs. Concession fees are available.

Can I claim on Health Insurance?

Yes. Many health insurance policies will allow you claim for osteopathic treatment. Check with your insurers to see what’s covered. We can give you receipts for your treatment fees to use in your claim.

What is involved in a treatment session?

Your first appointment is for consultation plus treatment. We discuss the problem you are having and then go through your medical history, with a full examination of your spine and joints. This session also includes treatment, so this session takes about an hour.

Follow up sessions focus on hands-on treatment, with advice on posture, exercise and relaxation. These sessions take about 30mins.

Most people have between two and six sessions, we review progress all the time. Some people continue to have treatment sessions at intervals, for as long as necessary.
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What should I wear?

The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and relaxed. Your osteopath needs to assess how you hold yourself, and to see your mobility in simple movements such as bending forward or back, side to side, and turning left or right.

Osteopaths usually ask patients to undress to their underwear during examination and treatment. If you prefer not to undress then wear something light such as a vest top and shorts.

What if I can't make it to my appointment?

You can cancel or rearrange an appointment easily as long as you give us notice. Contact us the day before if possible. We can always rearrange to suit you. If you are cancelling we would like to know the reason, because we periodically audit our patients’ overall progress.

If you don’t arrive on time for your appointment, we will call you after about 10 minutes. We do this because sometimes people simply forget, or there is a mixup over the date or time. We can send you a reminder text, if necessary. 

If you do miss an appointment, except in unavoidable circumstances, we charge 50% of the fee payable.

What's the difference between an Osteopath, a Physio and a Chiropractor?

This is a question we are often asked – so there is a whole blog post devoted to the answer!
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