Please take a moment to read through some of the questions that I am asked most frequently by new patients. If you have any questions that are not covered here then please feel free to give me a call and we can have a chat.

Frequently asked questions

How many treatments will I need?

This is difficult to answer until we have discussed your condition and I have examined you. As a rule of thumb, the longer that you have had your problem, the more treatments you will need. However, everybody responds to treatment in different ways, one patiemt will respond to treatment really quickly, while the next patient might take a little longer. On average patients usually need 3 to 6 treatments. It is not unusual for patients to call in for treatment once or twice a year for a maintainence treatment to avoid flare ups, almost like a tune up.

What should I wear during treatment?

It is likely that I will ask you to dress down to your underwear while I exam and treat you. This is because it is important that I can assess your posture and how well your spine and joints move. I appreciate that some patients may be uncomfortable with level of undress so running shorts or yoga pants and a vest or running top are perfectly suitable.

Can I bring a friend or family member along?

Absolutely. You can bring anybody you like with you to sit in on the consultation. There is a limited amount of space in the treatment room and it would be appreciated if you would one ask one person to accompany you. Should you need to bring your children with you, that is fine also.

What do I need to bring along?

If you are taking any medications, please bring along a copy of your prescriptions. Also, if you have any relevant X-rays, scans or reports from other specialists or consultants that are relevant to you complaint please bring them with you.

Will the treatment be painful?

Most of the techniques I use are very gentle but a few are a little stronger and can lead to some stiffness and/or soreness after the treatment. This is a normal reaction to treatment and usually only lasts for 24 to 48 hours. I will discuss which treatment techniques are suitable at the time of your treatment as some techniques are not applicable in all cases.

Do I need to see my GP first?

No, you do not need a referral from your GP, just make a call and in most cases can you can be treated within 48 hours.

Do I treat children or babies?

Unfortunately I do not treeat babies or toddlers. I do treat children from the age of 12 years old providing that Mum or Dad is present during the consultation.

Do you have disability access?

The building that St James Osteopathy is in does have disabled access. However, the practice is situated on the first floor and access is via a flight of stairs.