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While we have answered our most asked questions below, if you have a specific question you would like to ask please do not hesitate to be in touch. Shy bairns get nowt after all!

  • Do I have to undress for Osteopathy?
    We recommend you wear loose fitting clothing that you can move around in comfortably if you are uncomfortable with being undressed. While it is beneficial to see the area(s) treating, it is not essential, and you will never be required to fully undress. Your comfort remains a priority throughout every treatment session. However, if dry needling, you will be asked to expose the area being treated as the needles cannot penetrate clothing.
  • Does Osteopathy hurt?
    As Osteopathy is a manual therapy, there may occasionally be moments of mild discomfort. However, Amy-Leigh will constantly check to see if you are okay, and that the treatment remains within your tolerance levels. If something is too painful, please do not hesitate to say, as the treatment can be stopped at any time without having to give a reason, and other methods can be used.
  • Are osteopaths insured?
    Osteopaths must have Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance. Amy-Leigh is insured by the Institute of Osteopathy.
  • Will my medical insurance cover Osteopathy?
    Many medical insurance companies cover Osteopathy. If you are unsure, contact your provider and when booking your appointment, be sure to let Amy-Leigh know you are claiming for treatment – she will then ensure you receive the correct receipt.
  • Do I have to be referred by my doctor?
    No, osteopaths are primary health care practitioners. With your consent, it may be necessary for Amy-Leigh to contact other health professionals including your doctor, although this will be discussed with you prior.
  • Is Osteopathy available on the NHS
    Currently, Osteopathy is only available on the NHS in the south of England. If things change we will be the first to let you know!
  • Does medical acupuncture hurt?
    The needles used for dry needling are very fine and are designed solely for their function so are very slight. Most people barely notice them and some people experience a light scratch sensation. Occasionally however, you will feel a dull ache in the muscle being treated but this will ease within 30 seconds, if not please let Amy-Leigh know. Following treatment, you may be sore and there may be a small bruise in the area. After care will be discussed as with all treatments before and after the treatment itself.
  • Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?
    Just yourself in comfortable clothing, however if you are on any medications your prescription may be useful. Likewise, if you have had any recent imaging (MRI/XRAY) or blood test results these are often especially helpful.
  • What is the clicking noise during joint manipulation?
    During joint manipulation (HVT) a small specific force is applied to the articular surfaces of the joint, which separates them. This temporarily changes the joint capsule and intra-articular tissues, which leads to a reduced pressure within the joint cavity. The lower pressure causes “bubbles” of gases (predominantly nitrogen) which collapses on themself causing the “click”. Spinal HVT has been proven to be highly effective in the treatment of nonspecific lower back pain and is promoted within the NICE guidelines. While people often associate HVT with osteopaths and chiropractors it is not the only method we use to help relieve your pain. If you do not wish to have this treatment, do not worry we will NEVER HVT anyone without their explicit consent to do so.
  • What can I expect after treatment
    Many people report that they feel sore/stiff for 24-48hours following treatment. It is not uncommon for people to feel stiff/sore the next morning and for that stiffness to ease as the day goes on. Every patient will be informed of what they can expect following treatment during their appointment, as treatment effects vary from person to person. You may find that your pain/symptoms are heightened, often ice or heat (depending on injury) will help to ease this. If at any point you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch and discuss this with Amy-Leigh.
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