Body Spheres Patient Information
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual therapy aimed at restoring posture, balance and function to the body through a combination of manipulation, massage and mobilisation techniques. It is holistic and patient-centered and therefore suitable for all age groups and helps in the management of a wide variety of conditions.
Osteopathy promotes and enhances the body's natural healing mechanisms by improving drainage, mobility, and thus reducing tension and pain in the joints, muscles and soft tissue structures. It can therefore help manage and prevent injuries as well as encourage fluidity of movement essential in most sports such as golf or dancing.
For further information about Osteopathy and the Common Conditions that Osteopaths Treat, please visit the Institute of Osteopathy Website
What to expect during the session
During your first consultation the osteopath will take a full case history, observe the way your body moves and examine your joints and muscles. This will allow them to diagnose your problem and exclude any conditions that may require further investigation and referral.
Osteopaths take into account the mechanics of the entire body and may need to examine or treat areas other than those where you are experiencing pain. For example, ankle pain may originate in the low back.
Please be advised that your osteopath may require you to remove some of your clothing for the examination and treatment, feel free to bring loose clothing or shorts if you prefer. Please inform your practitioner if you are not comfortable with any request to remove clothing.
You have the right to stop examination or treatment at any time, should you wish to.
You are welcome to bring somebody to accompany you to any of the appointments.
Once an osteopathic diagnosis is made, your osteopath will discuss a proposed treatment plan with you and treat you with a combination of manipulation, massage and mobilisation best suited to you and your complaint.
What to expect following the session
You will be given a lot of information during your appointment. Please contact your practitioner if you wish to clarify or discuss any points before your next visit.
In some cases, patients can experience some increased stiffness or pain in the first 24-48 hours following treatment and you should have received guidance on how to deal with this if it occurs. However, if you would like to discuss any aspect of your care or if you are concerned in any way, please contact your practitioner on 0333 800 8404 or by email and we will be happy to advise you.
If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please give us at least 24 hours notice. You may be charged for any appointment that you fail to attend without notice.
The level of cover you have will depend on your insurer and your policy.
BodySpheres and our practitioners have agreements with certain providers including AXA PPP Healthcare and BUPA.
Please refer to your provider for details. Thank you also for confirming your policy and authorisation numbers preferably before your appointment.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if we can be of any further assistance.
Children under the age of 16
Children under the age of 16 years are required to have an adult present during all their treatments.
Concerns or Complaints
We aim to ensure that your experience at Body Spheres is helpful and professional. However, if you are unhappy about any aspect of your care, please contact us on 0333 800 8404 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so that we can try to rectify the problem.
If you would like to speak to a different practitioner, just let us know when you call or write to us.
If necessary, we have an allocated osteopathic mediator from another practice whom you are welcome to contact if you prefer. Her name is Claire Cheetham and she can be contacted on 0207 486 8141.
We aim to deal with all concerns as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you are not satisfied with our response or that of the mediator, you may wish to contact the General Osteopathic Council, which is the regulator for all osteopaths in the UK on , 0207 357 6655 .
Rates & Duration of Appointment
Please note that as of Monday 4th February 2019 our fees will change to the following:
First Appointment: £80
Follow-Up Appointment : £70
Please allow 30 minutes per appointment
For babies & during pregnancy please allow up to 60 minutes per session
Home visits are available on request in zones 1-2 (please confirm rate before hand)
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