How long do osteopathic appointments usually last?
In general, the first treatment is between 45 minutes upto 1 hour, and subsequent treatments around half an hour.
Your first appointment is usually slightly longer to allow for a full case history to be taken.
Do I need a GP referral to see an osteopath?
Most patients 'self refer' to an osteopath for treatment. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, patients are
encouraged to keep both their GP and osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and
complete and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners
How do I know if an osteopath is registered?
All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. You can use their on-line Register to
check if your health professional is currently registered.
What training do osteopaths have?
Undergraduate students follow a four or five-year degree course combining academic and clinical work.
Qualification generally takes the form of a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy – a BSc(Hons), BOst or BOstMed – or a
masters degree in osteopathy (MOst). Many osteopaths continue their studies after graduating. Osteopaths are
required to update their training throughout their working lives. It is mandatory for a practitioner to complete at
least 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development per year.
Who sets the standards of training and practice for osteopaths?
The standards of osteopathic training and practice are maintained and developed by the General Osteopathic
Council (GOsC), the profession’s statutory regulator established under the Osteopaths Act 1993
What to expect from my first appointment?
We will begin by taking a detailed medical history, about your presenting condition, any medication you are taking,
previous illnesses, operations or injuries, your lifestyle and family medical history.
Following this a physical examination will be carried out. You may asked to remove some clothing to assess the
problem area (patients usually wear loose fitting shorts or comfortable underwear), however during examination
and treatment we respect your privacy, towels where appropriate will be used to make you as comfortable as
possible. Please ensure that you have attended to your personal hygiene prior to your appointments.