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Frequently asked questions

What will happen when I come for an appointment?

When you come for an appointment your osteopath will take a full medical case history, including questions about your current problem and any previous medical problems. They will then ask you to undress usually down to your underwear (depending on where your pain is). They will examine the area and perform any tests that they think are needed, form a diagnosis and then discuss with you the treatment options before beginning treatment.

How long will it take?

Your first appointment will take between forty minutes and an hour.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of appointments varies, depending on what your problem is and how long you have had it. Your osteopath will always discuss your prognosis with you at the first appointment and explain roughly how long treatment will take.

Will my health insurance cover the cost of treatment?

Most of the time your insurance company will cover the cost of at least some of your treatment sessions but it is best to check with them first. Some require a referral from your doctor, whilst others are happy for you to attend on your own accord.

Is my appointment confidential?

We try and work as closely as possible with your general practitioners and, as a rule, will contact them to ask for details of tests (x-rays, blood results) that we think will enhance our management of you. However, should you wish to keep the consultation private (solely between you and your osteopath), please inform us at the time of your appointment.

What should I do after my appointment?

It is advisable to refrain from any strenuous or repetitive physical activity for the next twenty-four hours after treatment and to drink plenty of water to keep your muscles rehydrated. Sometimes it is recommended to take arnica to prevent any bruising and ice pack or heat treat the problem area (your osteopath will tell you which during the consultation). There may be specific exercises that you should do and your osteopath will also tell you these also and make sure you are doing them correctly. If you forget, or need reminding how to do them, there are links on the  "stretches and exercises" page that will remind you of what to do.

Online booking:

You can now book appointments online.

 

If you are a new patient then just click on the link below and follow the instructions:

 

www.tm2online.co.uk/gloucesterosteopathic 

 

If you are an existing patient then please phone the clinic for a code that can be used on the above link.