Hardiman osteopaths FAQ

Hardiman Osteopaths FAQ

What is an osteopath?

An osteopath is a trained medical professional who specialises in the treatmment of pain which is being caused by the musculoskeletal system (Bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and fascia). All osteopaths complete a 4/5 year degree, are fully insured and must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council, to maintain excellent standards of practice. More about Osteopathy here.

What can an osteopath treat?

Osteopaths can treat a whole variety of conditions including back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, arthritis and sports injuries. We do not only treat the area of pain but try to find the cause so that we attempt to prevent the pain from coming back. More about what we treat here.

Is an osteopath the same as a chiropractor or physiotherapist?

No. There are however lots of similarites between the different professions. We all essentially want the same thing for the patient but may go about getting to the end result in slightly different ways. Read more about the different ways we may practice in this article.

What shall I wear?

Depending on the area of pain you are presenting to us with, we may need to access the area to do a full examination. Therefore it is recommended that you wear sensible underwear and bring with you a pair of shorts/leggings, and a t-shirt/vest for your own comfort.

Do I need a chaperone?

No. For any adult over the age of 16, a chaperone is not required. Children under this age require a chaperone. If you would like a chaperone for your visit, this is of course completely fine.

Will I need to undress?

Depending on the area of pain you are presenting to us with, we may need to access the area to do a full examination. This may mean dressing down slightly so we can do the assessment.

What do I need to bring to the appointment?

Yourself, any x-ray/MRI reports, and sensible clothing. Simples!

What happens in the initial consultation?

At your consultation you will be greated with a smile from one of our experienced team members who will quickly take some clerical information from you before addressing your presenting problem. A full case history including your presenting complaint, general health and medical history will be taken to fully understand you as a patient. This will generally take between 10-20 minutes, depending on the complexity of the case. A thorough examination will ensue taking around 10 minutes in which your practitioner will explain their thoughts diagnosis) and options for treatment. The following time will be allocated to treatment. (up to 30 minutes) The initial consultation will take between 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the complexity of the case.

Are osteopaths regulated?

Osteopath is a protected title. This means that all osteopaths, under the osteopaths act 1993, must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council, be fully insured, and complete 30 hours of continual professional development each year.

Can I use my health insurance to pay for the treatments?

Yes we are currently registered with Aviva and WPA health insurers. If you are insured with Simply Health or Vitality Health we will also be able to take you on as a patient. We have no plans to work with Bupa or AXA for the forseeable future.

I'm confused and don't know which service is best for me!

No problem. Give us a call on 07716381741 and we will be happy to direct you to the right place.

Is osteopathy safe?

Osteopathy is very safe. All osteopaths are highly trained and have to undergo continual training to keep their skills and knowledge up to date. To make sure you are in the right place and to gauge if osteopathic treatment would be of benefit to you, a full case history and examination is always taken.

Is it safe to be treated during pregnancy?

Yes osteopathy is safe during pregnancy. There is no evidence to suggest that osteopathic treatment can harm mother or baby during pregnancy. However there are lots of mothers who benefit from the care of an osteopath during this vital time in their lives.

Can we hire your services for events?

Yes our team can be hired for all types of private events including corporate events, sports events, conferences plus many others. Please contact admin@hardimanperformance.com if you would like more information.

Do you work with team sports?

Yes, both our nutritionists and sports osteopaths provide consutancy work for team sports. Please email admin@hardimanperformance.com if you would like to find out more.

Should I tell my doctor I am seeing an osteopath?

This is purely up to you. If you feel that your doctor would benefit from this information then please feel free to disclose this to them. We will not contact your, under any circumstance without your prior written consent.

Do I need to be referred from a GP?

No, although we do welcome referrals from GP’s, this is certaintly not a prerequisite. We are primary health care practictioners and can serve as your first port of call when you have a musculoskeletal complaint.

How many treatments will I need?

This is different for everyone and really depends on what you come in with. Some people will only require 1 or 2 treatments. Most however may need between 3-6 treatments. For more chronic conditions a longer course of treatment may be suggested.

Will I receive treatment on my first visit?

On most occasions you will receive treatment on your first visit. There are however times in which we may believe that more urgent care is needed elsewhere and will refer your urgently, without treatment if this is required.

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