FAQ

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a recognised manual therapy, meaning it’s ‘hands on’ . We diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions based on the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

The osteopathic approach is to restore your body’s state of balance without the use of drugs or surgery, in order for your body to work well, its structure must also work well.

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year which provides registrants with an annual licence to practise. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements.

Do I need to be referred by my GP first?

You do not need to consult with your GP prior to seeking Osteopathic treatment in the UK.

What should I expect at my first consultation?

  • Time to explain your complaint, symptoms, concerns and goals
  • Assessment and relevant muscle and joint testing or referral
  • A clear and well explained diagnosis and prognosis
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions and be listened to
  • Receive gentle but effective treatment
  • Prescribed Exercises (if appropriate) and advice to speed up your recovery

What do I need to wear for my treatment?

We make a diagnosis looking at your posture and assessing your mobility. For treatment, having access to the site of pain to treat the area hands on may mean Alex may ask that you remove your top or trousers. You may want to bring some shorts or loose/ comfortable clothing to wear.

What treatment is carried out?

The techniques osteopaths use are physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints and relieve muscle tension to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. Alex is also trained in medical acupuncture and may use this technique to compliment her osteopathic treatment. In order to help manage your complaint, in the long term, Alex also provides advice on posture and exercise that aim to promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you will need depends on a number of factors including your health and condition. The most appropriate treatment plan will be discussed in your consultation and Alex aim’s to keep the number of appointments to a minimum. When it is thought your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, Alex will advise you on other possible options or look to refer you for more appropriate treatment or for further investigation.

Are the any side-effects to treatment?

Some soft tissue techniques may cause slight discomfort during treatment and you may feel post treatment tiredness or some tenderness for a day or two. However, this is a normal and healthy response to treatment. If this discomfort persists or feels excessive during or after treatment, do not hesitate to let Alexandria Black know.

Do you take Health insurance?

Alexandria Black is registered with a range of private health insurers. Please contact Alexandria prior to your appointment and she will provide you with more information.

What should I do if I have concerns about the treatment I received?

As a registered osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council, Alexandria Black aims to carry out all assessment, diagnosis and treatment in accordance with the ‘Osteopathic Practice Standards’, which ensure all patients receive quality care and protect them from harm. In the unlikely event you feel you are dissatisfied with the level of care you have received with Alexandria Black you should:

a) Speak with Alexandria and express your concerns, she will aim to help you.
b) Contact the Institute of Osteopathy or the General Osteopathic Council.

In the unlikely event your concerns have not been resolved. Please contact the above practice bodies. Alexandria can provide you with the contact information.