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FAQ

What does an Osteopath do?

I have set up a specific page to answer this question at ‘what is an Osteopath?’. Alternatively if you want to know more about Osteopathy in general you can click on ‘what is Osteopathy?’.

How long does an Osteopathic treatment last?

I like to talk to my patients, I like to listen to their story and I like to do thorough treatments. Therefore all my standard treatments are 45 minutes long. However maintenance treatments are 30 minutes. Head over to the prices tab for more information about maintenance treatments.

Please be aware that sometimes treatment can finish early (up to 15 minutes early). This is not something to feel worried or disappointed about. There are times when your body only needs a little adjustment or correction in order to facilitate the next stage of your recovery. If this the case, treatments often finish early. It is possible to be over treated. So if you have a treatment and everything is completed within 30 minutes do not feel alarmed.

Alternatively please also plan for any session that may overrun for what ever reason, this can also happen, especially when having a organ treatment. Organ Osteopathy takes time and each technique is a lot slower in its application. When booking a treatment allow for one hour.

Whether you finish late or early, the price is the same.

How much does it cost to see the Osteopath?

All treatments cost $110 unless you are on the maintenance care program which is $90. Initial first time appointments are the same price but I offer 15 minutes extra for free.

What should I expect when seeing the Osteopath?

This is question I have dedicated a whole page too as it is an important one to be clear about. I want all patients that come to see me to have clear expectations of what they are getting. Please click on or go to ‘first visit‘.

What do I need to wear for my Osteopathic treatment?

Most of the time I will need access to your spine and major joints of the body. As a result you will most likely be asked to undress down to your underwear. As part of my diagnostic skills I need to physically see the body and skin. This tells me a lot of information about your health. Additionally you will have a much better treatment without clothes impeding any movement/stretching techniques.

I do provide boxer shorts that can be worn over your underpants and you will always be covered throughout the treatment with a towel.

Please come clean and fresh. At the end of the day, the more comfortable you feel, the better the treatment you will receive.

Do I need to arrive early for my treatment with the Osteopath?

Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your registered time. It is really important that you ground yourself and relax before your treatment. I know it can be frustrating to wait, especially with a busy schedule, but it is something I insist upon. Please be relaxed and calm before you treatment – trust me this makes a big difference to your overall treatment and recovery rate.

Additionally there may be extra forms that need to be filled out. Time can be saved by filling out the forms online – find the forms at ‘medical forms‘.

Can I bring a family member or friend to the treatment with the Osteopath?

es please feel free to bring someone with you to the appointment. Having a spouse with you is actually a great idea because I can educate and help you both at the same time. Some conditions are really important to resolve through team work in the marriage. For example, if you have to change a diet but the other spouse is not on the same program, it can be a really difficult task.

Sometimes there is an emotional component to a condition and having the spouse see the pain and emotion involved can also help them to be more supportive and understanding. So please feel free to bring a partner or friend.

If I am treating a child in your care I must insist that an adult be present throughout the treatment. This applies to everyone under the age of 18.

Is treatment with the Osteopath painful?

In most cases treatment is non painful to mildly uncomfortable. Rarely there can be some techniques that are painful but this is only if you, the patient, are already in some discomfort. Cranial Osteopathy and Organ Osteopathy treatments are certainly not painful.

It is very dependant on each individual. I am not aggressive or overly strenuous in my treatments. I treat calmly and slowly. I believe in waiting for a good release from the body. I can not promise you will not experience any pain, but your body will benefit from my treatments. My main job is to get you better and I take great pride in this.

What should I do after my treatment with the Osteopath?

To answer this question I have written a comprehensive section outlining the needs to walk, drink water, take Vitamin C, sleep well and control your diet. Head over to or click on ‘after treatment advice‘.

I am in a lot of pain after my treatment, what should I do?

Call us immediately and ask to talk to me. 95% of the time it is very normal to have a reaction to treatment and in some cases feel slightly worse. However if the pain persists for more than 2 days it might be worth seeing the doctor for some mild painkillers. Again having a reaction that lasts up to 4 days, although not common, is something that can be normal.

The thing to do. Weigh it up and if you feel it is bad or you are in doubt, ALWAYS call the doctor just in case. In my line of work I have yet to have someone who had to go to the doctor after visiting me. I have had people call me saying they got sick or were in a lot of pain. For all those people their symptoms faded within 2-3 days and also improved afterwards.

But if you are in doubt and can’t get hold of me – call your doctor.

How many treatments will I typically need with the Osteopath?

There is huge variation to this question and it is heavily dependant upon the person. On average it is between 3-6 treatments. I always like to follow up with at least a second treatment after your first consultation even if you have dramatically improved. It is good just to cement any improvements and offer further guidance.

If there is no improvement after 4-5 treatments then I will most likely refer you to another therapist I believe will do a better job. I do not believe in continuously treating in the vain hope you might get better. Improvement (even if it is just a little) should occur within the first 4 sessions.

Additionally there are patients that need regular treatment for months-years. It all depends on your history and complaint. Rest assured a plan will be discussed with you early on so you know which direction you/we are heading in.

What does an Osteopath treat?

I have outlined a detailed list of the ailments I can treat and possibly help you with. I say possibly because treatments, conditions, pathologies or symptoms are all different. Check out this list over at ‘Osteopathic treatment‘.

Do Osteopaths treat babies?

Yes definitely. Osteopaths, especially Cranial Osteopaths, are brilliant at treating babies. Cranial Osteopathy is one of the gentlest and safest treatments on the planet. Your baby is in safe hands with a Cranial Osteopath. Besides, Cranial Osteopathy has a wonderful affect on new born babies, toddlers and children. It has a great reputation.

What is the earliest that I can bring my baby to an Osteopath?

It does depend somewhat on the Osteopath, but I see no reason to bringing your baby in as early as the first week. I started treating my baby within the first hour of his birth.

Do Osteopaths treat pregnant women?

A solid yes is the answer to this question. Osteopaths can have a great affect on pregnancy. I treated my wife constantly throughout her pregnancies and it helped her hugely. Osteopathy is particularly good if you are struggling with reflux, constipation, bloating, congestion and pelvic/low back pain. See the extensive list at ‘Osteopathic treatment‘.

What happens if I need further investigation with another therapist or doctor?

If the situation arises that I believe you would improve with another service or that you need further investigation (such as blood tests or scans) then I will inform you of my reasoning and we will discuss what is the best plan for you.

I will also write a letter on your behalf to the corresponding therapist/doctor. This letter will either be available for you to take straight after your treatment or I will send it to your email via PDF. I believe strongly in good communication between therapists and doctors. It is one reason why I like to keep notes electronically because this creates better communication.

Can it happen that I am refused treatment?

Yes I sometimes refuse to treat patients. This is nearly always because it is not in their best interest to be treated – meaning it is unsafe. If this happens I will send you directly to your doctor or hospital and no ‘hands-on’ treatment will be given. In all cases I will talk to you about what I feel and suspect and explain everything to you.

Does the Osteopath offer emergency treatments?

Emergency treatments are sometimes available. It does depend on the time and which day it is. The best option is to call the clinic. If the clinic is closed you can send me a message. Please make sure you leave a contact number so you can be reached.

I am extremely busy and really value my family time, but I am also passionate about giving the best for my patients.

Please also be aware the price for an emergency treatment may change.

Does the Osteopath do home visits?

In principle home visits are available. However I rarely do them. Most people can manage to get to the clinic even when they are in serious pain. Additionally private home environments don’t often provide the best circumstances for a safe and effective treatment. Home visits are also very expensive.

But if you would really like a home visit then something can be arranged. Just call us.

How do I know seeing an Osteopath is safe?

Unfortunately you can never know who is safe or not. You can never be sure about anything. The various governing bodies for Osteopaths exist to primarily protect the public. Most Osteopaths are safe and have been trained in a way that is safe.

I know during my education that the singular item the examining boards cared about was safety. So my final exam was all about proving I can be safe in treating.

To be honest Osteopathy is probably one of the safest alternative therapies out there. Firstly this is because we are quite gentle in our treatment approach. Secondly, and probably more importantly, we are highly highly trained in differential diagnosis. This is probably one of our greatest skills. So we ask the right questions and consider everything before we treat. If we suspect anything that is not right we will send you straight to your doctor.

What training has an Osteopath had?

This is a difficult question because there are many different institutes out there, all over the world.

As a general rule Europe have the best trained Osteopaths (France and Briton are highest amongst them). Typically an Osteopath that trains for a standard degree complete a 4 year full time course. Those that complete a part time course usually have to have a physiotherapy degree before hand and then the part time course in Osteopathy takes 5 years. It is also becoming increasingly common practice to do a Masters in Osteopathy from the get go (that is 5 years full time course – although in some places this still remains 4 years).

Do Osteopaths have to continue to train and complete regular courses?

Osteopaths have to complete a minimum of 30 hours of training/courses over a 1 year period. This is according to The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). I think the idea of regular courses to maintain registration with a governing body is brilliant and vital. It stops the lazy therapists from just getting old and stagnate. In this line of work it is really important to keep on top of things.

I personally prefer to do more than this. In fact not a week goes by without me picking up a book.

I would like to share my story or add a comment about my experience with the Osteopath?

If you would like to mention anything on this website or on my newsletter then please just email me and we can easily set something up. Sharing your story is a very powerful way of spreading the word and helping people. This is especially true if you have experienced Organ Osteopathy with me because Organ Osteopathy is not well known yet.

Alternatively you can also add you feedback directly on my Facebook page or Google+ page.