Yate Osteopathic Practice - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is osteopathy?

  2. What conditions do osteopaths treat?

  3. What can I expect when I receive treatment?

  4. Will it hurt?

  5. How many treatments will I need?

  6. Is there a waiting list?

  7. What should I wear?

  8. How much will treatment cost and how do I pay?

  9. If I have private medical insurance what should I do next?

  10. How do I make an appointment?

  11. How do I find you?

 

1. What is osteopathy?

 

Osteopathy is a physical therapy using entirely manual techniques, whose comprehensive system of examination, diagnosis & treatment aim to help restore normal, pain free function to any area of our bodies where it has been lost.

Although we are best known for treating 'bad backs', osteopaths can effectively treat a wide range of injuries, aches and pains in all parts of the body. Techniques include joint manipulation, articulation and stretching techniques along with soft tissue and massage techniques.
As osteopaths, our aim is to provide a long term solution to problems of the musculo-skeletal system by finding and treating the root cause.

Working in this way helps us minimize the chance of your problems recurring.
It is said that structure governs function and we would expect, by working to improve the mechanics of the body’s structure, that we would simultaneously improve the function of the body as a whole.

Osteopaths treat each patient as an individual, tailoring each treatment as well as your overall care plan to your specific needs.
So whether you have suffered the sudden unexpected trauma of a car crash, a sport related injury or just a build up of poor posture over months or years - osteopathy will usually be able to help you! 

 

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2. What do we treat?

  • Headaches

  • Neck pain & stiffness

  • Arm pain / tingling (brachial neuralgia)

  • Shoulder / elbow / wrist problems

  • Back pain

  • Sciatica

  • Trapped  nerves

  • Hip / knee / ankle problems

  • Occupational injuries

  • Sports injuries

  • Posture related problems

  • & more

 

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3. What’s involved?

 

At your initial consultation we will take a full and detailed history of your condition, including previous medical history.
We will then carry out a thorough physical examination, looking at both injury-specific and general body mechanics.


We should then be able to make a diagnosis of your problem, which we will discuss with you, explaining all relevant treatment options.


If you are happy, we will then proceed with treatment – this consists largely of soft tissue and manipulative techniques and should not be painful.


After your treatment, advice on appropriate exercise and self help will be given.

 

 

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4. Will it hurt?

 

Treatment itself should not be painful or uncomfortable – although some soreness, stiffness and muscular aches may be felt for 24 - 48 hours afterwards.


This is sometimes known as a ‘treatment reaction’ and is caused by your muscles, joints and posture changing and adapting following treatment.


This reaction is usually most prominent after your first treatment and decreases progressively as you improve. 

 

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5. How many treatments will I need?

 

There is no set number of treatments for any condition – every injury and every patient responds slightly differently; although as a rough guide, most conditions will show a good response between 2 to 6 visits and many patients will then decide to have occasional, preventative treatment once they have made a full recovery.


At your first consultation we will discuss the anticipated number of treatments you may need and we will reassess this at each subsequent visit.


If you do not improve as expected, we may consider sending you for X-ray or MRI (either via your GP or privately). 

 

 

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6. Is there a waiting list?

 

No, anyone can refer themselves for treatment.


However, if you wish to use your medical insurance to claim for treatment costs, some policies require your GP to refer you.

 

 

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7. What should I wear?

 

Dress comfortably in loose fitting clothes. We will need to see the injured area to assess and treat it. Most back or neck related problems will require undressing to your underwear for us to fully assess your injuries and general posture. However, arm or leg injuries can be treated whilst patients wear shorts and/or t-shirts.

 

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8. How much will treatment cost and how do I pay?

 

First appointments are currently charged at £38
Subsequent appointments are currently charged at £35.


Full Payment is required at the time of treatment unless a prior arrangement has been made in respect of either private medical insurance or a medico-legal claim.


We are happy to accept payment by cash or cheque.

 

Unfortunately we do not accept either debit or credit cards.

 

In the event of a cancellation giving less than 24 hours notice, or if an appointment is missed, the full fee will be charged.

 

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9. If I have private medical insurance what should I do next?

 

Treatment is usually directly funded to us by the majority of health insurance companies; however some companies still operate on the basis of reimbursing treatment fees to patients – for which we are happy to issue an itemised receipt at the end of your treatment.


We recommend that you contact your insurance company before starting treatment to ask the following questions:

  • Is a GP referral necessary?

  • Am I liable to pay an excess?

  • Is there any restriction on the number of treatments, or the period of time that the claim is valid for?

  • Is there a limit on the amount that can be claimed?

Once this has been clarified you will usually be given a claim reference number or authorisation number by your insurance company and we would ask you to bring this, along with your membership number and any claim forms to your first visit.

 

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10. How do I make an appointment?  

   

If you would like to make an appointment you can telephone us any weekday between 8:30am and 6:30pm Monday to Friday on the telephone number below. Please be aware that we may not be able to take your call immmediately if we are treating patients but will return your call as soon as we possibly can.


To make an appointment
07598 654576

 

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11. How do I find you?

 

YATE
THORNBURY
CHEPSTOW

Yate Osteopathic Practice 
Courtside Surgery
Kennedy Way
Yate
Bristol 
BS37 4DQ


Amelia Davies Osteopathy
at Castle Estate Agents
63 High Street
Thornbury

Bristol
BS35 2AP

 

 

 

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The Chepstow Osteopathic Clinic 
The Surgery
Beachley Road 
Sedbury
Chepstow
Monmouthshire
NP16 7AA

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Would you like to make an appointment at the practice in Yate?

CALL THIS NUMBER: 07598 654576

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