FAQs

 

Reception Bev

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Does my private health insurance cover osteopathic treatment?

Please see Fees page

How do I go about booking

Please contact our receptionist to make an appointment in Lincoln on 01522 537103 or Collingham on 01636 893956

Do osteopaths treat sports injuries?

Yes. We are experienced in both treatment and advice regarding a wide range of sports injuries.

Do I need x-rays?

The large majority of people who consult osteopaths do not. This is because x-rays only show problems of bones, and most mechanical problems within the body result from soft tissue injuries or strain (muscles, ligaments, tendons etc), which are not visible on x-rays. If at consultation we were concerned that x-rays or other tests were necessary we generally refer the patient back to their GP.

Do you have a car park?

Yes. It is accessed from the Avenue, rather than West Parade. Please see the map.

How many visits will I need?

This will vary on the nature of the problem, how long it has been there, and what factors have contributed to the problem. Osteopathic treatment may well help to accelerate your recovery, but how you manage your problem will also have a bearing. So, some people only need to come once, while others may need many treatments. Your osteopath should give you an assessment of how much treatment is likely to be needed at your first appointment.

Will there be after-effects to treatment?

People vary in the way they respond to treatment. It is not uncommon to feel sore or stiff after treatment, sometime in the following 24 hours. Frequently, a hot bath or gentle movement such as walking around or stretching will ease any after-effects. Often these after-effects are the result of muscles or joints having been stretched for the first time in days, weeks or months, and may feel like you have done unaccustomed exercise.

Is treatment uncomfortable?

We may have to examine and treat areas of the body that are tender and therefore sensitive to touch. The techniques we use should not generally cause or amplify the pain that you have come with, but sometimes there may be discomfort when sensitive areas are treated.

Will I need to undress?

Generally, the answer to this is yes. Even if the symptoms are in a limb (perhaps an elbow or knee problem) we may well still need to examine other parts of the body. For instance, where there is pain in the arm, we may need to examine the neck and upper back.  Where there is pain in the hip or knee we may need to examine the lower back region. Please wear suitable underwear that you feel comfortable in, or bring something to change into.

What do I need to bring to treatment?

You will be asked about your past and present health. Therefore if you are on medication of any kind, please bring either the medication or information about what you are taking. If you have had private x-rays taken and have the films in your possession, please bring them with you.

Do I need to see my General Practitioner first?

Although many local general practitioners refer patients to us, it is not necessary to see your GP before coming to the osteopath. Osteopaths are trained to recognise the kind of problems that are not suitable for osteopathic treatment and will refer you back to your GP if that is more appropriate.

How long does treatment take?

When you first consult one of our osteopaths your consultation will usually last 40-60 minutes. If you need further treatment, the session will usually last between 20-30 minutes.