some frequently asked questions, and their answers
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
(approx 60 mins)
initial appointment for those who haven’t been to Chichester Osteopathic centre before
FOLLOW UP / STANDARD CONTINUATION (approx. 40 mins)
standard follow up session for existing patients
EXTENDED /RE-ASSESSMENT (approx. 50 mins)
allowing a little more time for those with complex problems, or who haven’t been for over a year. (Carol will advise if this is a good option)
HOW MANY TIMES SHOULD I COME?
The number of appointments necessary very much depends on the nature of your problem and how long you have had it.
Other factors too such as your general level of health, usual activities and how closely you are able to follow Carol’s advice will all play a part.
After your initial appointment Carol will be able to give you an indication and progress will be reviewed each visit.
IS OSTEOPATHY FOR ME?
Whatever your age or level of fitness, Osteopathy can help you towards greater comfort and activity.
Conditions commonly treated by Osteopaths are…..
Foot and Ankle Pain
Hand and Elbow Pain
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
Osteopathy is a trusted profession.
All Osteopaths must be registered and continually update their skills.
About 30,000 people are treated by Osteopaths every day in Britain.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT ON MY FIRST VISIT?
(You will receive a more detailed confirmation email if you have supplied your email address)
What should I bring?
· A full list of your medication can be helpful.
· Copies of any imaging or test reports ( these can be requested from your GP)
· Please bring a friend or relative if you’d be more comfortable with a chaperone present.
What should I wear?
As Osteopathy looks at the person as a whole, Carol will ask you to undress to your underwear. This is important since symmetry, skin tone and texture all give useful clues about the underlying tissues.
Please wear underwear in which you feel comfortable. If you wish Carol will leave the room while you undress.
It is best to avoid tight, stretchy sports leggings or pants as they might obstruct examination and and hinder treatment. Certain sports bras too can obscure the thoracic spine.
How long is the appointment?
Approximately one hour.
What can I expect?
As Osteopaths look at the whole picture Carol will ask lots of questions! This will include your reason for coming as well as your past & present medical history, your current lifestyle, occupation, hobbies etc.
This involves a standing assessment with a few easy movements to see how parts of your body are integrating with others. Further examination is then performed on the couch where you can be covered with a blanket.
Carol will discuss her findings with you, and what your options for a treatment plan. If she feels that Osteopathy can’t help, she will tell you so and advise what your next course of action could be. Feel free to ask any questions.
If treatment is appropriate for you, and you give consent, then some treatment will be started. Please be aware that treatment time may be short on this first session, and that may be because of time constraints if your story is a complex one, or it may be that your systems are quite sensitive due to pain or stress and so treatment is phased in gently.
A hands-on approach is used involving the whole body encouraging natural healing mechanisms. Osteopathy gently influences your body to enable it to regain it’s natural health.
Most people enjoy their osteopathic treatments, but areas that are already painful may be reactive when touched. Please mention if you are uncomfortable, feedback is helpful. If you are not happy at any stage you can, of course, withdraw consent.
At the end of the session you will be given advice specific to your situation.
How do I pay?
We accept cheques, card payments or cash.
Make An Appointment
You can telephone 01243 699114 or 07752 509751 to make an appointment, but the quickest way is to book online.