FAQ's - Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy:

Osteopathy is a system of therapy that deals with the structure of the body - the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and general connective tissues, and their functional relationship with one another.

Osteopathy’s main strengths, however, lie in the unique way that the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the patient to restore normal function.

Who Should I Book With?

We have five Osteopaths - three male and two female osteopaths.   

 Our Team of Osteopaths

You may book with any of our osteopaths for your initial appointment.         

For subsequent appointments you may wish to see the same osteopath. Alternatively any our osteopaths will have access to your notes.     


For Cranial Osteopathy we have three Practitioners

 - Jo Sheridan
 - Liam Halton                                                                                                                         
 - Alicia Serednycka-Poole

What should I bring?

  • Please bring along any referral letters, scans, reports that you many have from your GP or consultant
  • A list of any medication you are taking

What should I wear?

  • A full osteopathic diagnosis relies on viewing the body as a whole. It is therefore ideal for patients to undress to their underwear. Alternatively a t-shirt and loose fitting shorts can be worn if preferred.  

What happens during diagnosis and treatment?

  • When you visit an osteopath for the first time a full case history will be taken, followed by an examination which will look at your posture and the way in which you move.                          
  • The osteopath will make a detailed examination of your joints, testing the movement and looking for areas of tenderness, stiffness and increased mobility.                        
  • Osteopaths use many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessments and diagnosis. If necessary he/she may also recommend further tests, such as X-rays, MRI scans, blood tests or urine tests to help reach an accurate diagnosis.                           
  • After the initial consultation the osteopath will discuss with you their diagnosis and whether or not they think that osteopathic treatment can help. If you and the osteopath are happy, then an initial treatment will be given at the first consultation. Osteopaths use their hands both to investigate the underlying causes of pain and to carry out treatment using a variety of massage and gentle manipulative techniques.                        
  • If the osteopath feels that osteopathic treatment is not appropriate they will discuss with you the best course of action and write any appropriate referral letter. 

How many appointments will I need?

  • Our aim is to reduce your pain within three treatments                           
  • At your initial appointment the osteopath will discuss with you how many treatments they think you will need                             
  • We will be constantly re-evaluating your symptoms to make sure you get better as quickly as possible

Cancelling an appointment

  • Please give us 24 hours notice of cancellations so that we can give your appointment to someone else. We reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee; 1st missed appointment with less than 24 hours notice will be 50% of the treatment cost. A 2nd missed appointment with less than 24 hours notice will be a full charge of the treatment.
  • If you are unsure whether or not to attend for treatment we will be happy to advise you over the telephone.

Is osteopathy covered by private health insurance?                                

  • Most major health insurance companies cover osteopathic treatment. Please check your policy for terms and conditions and inform reception on booking.
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Rugby Osteopathic Centre, 69 Albert Street, Rugby
Warwickshire, CV21 2SN, Tel: 01788 560646, Fax:01788 571318
Email: reception@rugbyosteopaths.co.uk

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