FAQs Your Guide to Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a therapy which is based around the body’s structure; the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and general tissues. As everything is connected, when it all functions smoothly, we feel great. When something is out of alignment, however, it can cause pain and other health problems. 

Osteopathy uses stretching, massage and manipulation of the body to detect, treat and prevent problems. Putting everything back into alignment allows the body to heal itself, giving people freedom of movement and reducing pain. 

What can Osteopathy treat?

Osteopaths treat the whole person, not just the condition. Using the principles of Osteopathy, a wide range of conditions may be treated, including:      

  • Back and Neck Pain     
  • Headaches originating from the neck          
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Shoulder Injuries – Rotator Cuff Injuries
                                   Frozen Shoulder
  • Trapped Nerves           
  • Sciatic & Slipped Disc        
  • Referred Pain           
  • Neuralgia           
  • Sports Injuries           
  • Tendonitis/RSI         
  • Ankle Injuries           
  • Knee Injuries           
  • Tennis and Golfers Elbow           
  • Pain from Arthritis           
  • Spondylosis          
  • Hip Pain          
  • Joint and Muscle Pain due to Pregnancy

These conditions often respond well to osteopathic treatment.

Who can Osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths can treat any age group from newborns to the elderly. Treatment technique and application will vary according to the age and health of the patient.

What happens during Assessment, 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 excessive flexibility.

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 assessment, the Osteopath will talk you through their diagnosis, and whether they think that osteopathy can help you. If they believe that it can help, they will carry out an initial treatment straight away, using a hands-on approach to find the underlying causes of pain, using stretching, massage and gentle manipulation to treat it. 

If the Osteopath feels that osteopathic treatment is not appropriate, which is a very minor percentage of the cases we see, they will discuss with you the best course of action and write any appropriate referral letter.

Do I need a GP referral?

Although many of our patients are referred to us by their GP, this is not necessary. As a courtesy  we write back to your GP, with your permission, so he/she can be kept informed of your progress. 

What should I wear?

As mentioned earlier, a full osteopathic diagnosis relies on viewing the body as a whole. It is ideal for patients to undress to their underwear. Alternatively a T-shirt and loose fitting shorts can be worn.

Do you accept private Health Insurance?

Most health insurance companies cover osteopathic treatment. Please check your policy for terms and conditions and inform reception on booking.

Opening Times

Monday                 9am-6pm

Tuesday                9am-7pm

Wednesday          9am-7pm

Thursday               9am-7pm

Friday                     9am-6pm

Saturday                9am-2pm

The Rugby Osteopathic Centre also offers:       

  • Podiatry   
  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon       
  • Medical Acupuncture            
  • Counselling       
  • Audiology
  • Homeopathy

Please ask at reception for more details  

Any Other Questions?

Are all Osteopaths Registered?

All Osteopaths are required by law to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). This ensures that practitioners using the title Osteopath have been approved by the Council as competent, safe practitioners and are required to maintain high ethical and professional standards. Osteopathic patients have the same safeguards as when they consult a doctor or dentist.  

What should I do after treatment?  

Treatment relaxes muscles and loosens up the joints, it is very important not to “overdo it” after a treatment, this could aggravate your injury. You may feel tender for 24-48 hours after treatment.  If you are feeling any pain or discomfort, walk around or lie down, and avoid sitting. 

Should I use an ice pack or a hot water bottle?

When a joint is injured the area becomes swollen; putting ice on the area will reduce the swelling. Use a bag of frozen peas or an ice pack covered in a thin piece of cloth and put it on the painful area. Retry the exercise when the pain has gone. If you are still getting the pain, make an appointment to see your Osteopath to see what they can do to help.  

Should I exercise?

Everybody should stay fit and active throughout their lives. If you have a break from exercise you should restart slowly. Do not exercise through the pain. If you feel pain, rest and ice the painful area. Retry the exercise when the pain has gone. If you are still getting the pain, make an appointment to see your Osteopath to see what they can do to help.  

What if I have to cancel my 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 if 24 hours' notice is not given. If you are unsure whether or not to attend for treatment we will be happy to advise you over the telephone.  

What should I do if the symptoms recur in the future?

Ice the injury and stop the activity that causes the pain. This will allow the injury to heal. If the pain does not start to improve within 24 hours, book to see your Osteopath.  

If you have any further questions, please telephone the centre and speak to the receptionist or one of the Osteopaths. We are more than happy to help.




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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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