What will happen at my first session?

We will initially take some information from you about the nature and onset of your pain, a history of your current problem and any past or current medical history. An Osteopathic and medical, if necessary, examination will follow. Osteopathic examination may involve a series of simple movements like bending forwards as if to touch the floor or lifting the arms above your head. This will allow your Osteopath to assess what areas in your body are moving correctly and what isn't. Our aim is to discover why the symptoms have developed, to help you understand your pain, treat the cause not symptoms and then where possible help to prevent a re-occurrence.

Do I need a referral from my G.P. to see an osteopath?

No. We are primary health care practioners in the private sector but serve everyone in the community. However, patients with private medical insurance who wish to claim will require a referral letter from their GP and will need to present this to their insurers as well as the Osteopaths name they wish to see. You may wish to keep your GP informed of your diagnosis and treatment with us which we are more than happy to do in the form of writing or telephone.

Will the treatment hurt?

Here at Sutton Pain Relief, treatment aims to aid the body into recovery in a relaxed and comfortable manner. Treatment is not meant to be painful; the body should be treated with respect. Inevitably there may be areas on anyone's body that may be more sensitive due to the injury. Here you may experience some discomfort but a good practioner will sense this, explain it to you and hold it only for the time necessary for the area to respond.

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on the condition and your body's ability to heal and respond to treatment. Everybody is different, but on average people notice improvements within the first two sessions and usually make a full recovery in 4-6 sessions.

What training and qualifications do Osteopaths have?

Osteopaths undergo a 4-5 year full time course combining academic and clinical practice. They qualify with a Bachelor of Science in Osteopathy and they must by law be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order to practice. In addition they must continue to show their commitment to their profession by undertaking at least 30 hours of continued professional development per year. This usually takes the form of post-graduate courses, lectures and supervision groups. Osteopaths are also required by law to be insured, to protect both the public and themselves.

How can someone expect to feel over the long term if they don’t undertake Osteopathic treatment for, say, back pain?

If you ignore the signs of back pain, this can develop into other forms of referred pain around the body, such as neck, shoulder or leg pain. Longer term this can have an affect on our minds too making us feel depressed about the fact that our pain is interfering with our daily activities. According to osteopathic philosophy, all parts of the body are interconnected and affect each other. However, if someone experiencing back pain does visit an Osteopath, this means the back pain can be treated and potential referred pain can be avoided. Of course, this improves your overall health and wellbeing, allowing you to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle.