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Our service is available to all. You do not need to be registered at Ryalls Park Surgery.

Who can use this service?

As soon as possible, and often within 48 hours

How quickly can I be seen?

Cheque or cash (we are not able to take credit cards, although this facility may follow). We are covered by most major health insurance companies, please mention this when booking an appointment.

How do I pay for treatment?

Treatment should not be uncomfortable and is often relaxing, giving an immediate feeling of relief. Some people feel temporary stiffness or discomfort for up to 48 hours after treatment, particularly after the first visit. This can usually be likened to the 'achy muscle' feeling you get after doing exercise for the first time and is a normal reaction. Treatment relaxes your muscles and loosens your joints, so for maximum benefit, it is advisable not to do anything strenuous for about 24 hours post treatment. It is also important to follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your Osteopath.

Will treatment hurt?

No, you do not need to be referred by your Doctor. If you are using a private health company to pay for treatment, they may ask you to consult your G.P first.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

Most major health insurance companies will pay for Osteopathy or Physiotherapy treatments. These include BUPA, AXA PPP, HSA, Aviva and WPA. Some policies stipulate that you must be referred by a GP. If in any doubt, please contact your insurer before your first appointment. When booking your first appointment, please mention that you intend to use your insurance company to pay for treatment.

Will my health insurance company pay for treatment?

If you are not sure what treatment is best for you, please contact us and we can offer advice or information leaflets.

How do I know what the most suitable treatment for my problem is?

Osteopaths are trained to know when they should refer patients with back pain to their medical practitioner. If it becomes apparent during the consultation that Osteopathy is not suitable for you and onward referral is required, the Osteopath will explain why and with your permission, write to the relevant health care professional. This may be for further tests such as MRI scans or X-rays.

What if I came to see an osteopath with a problem that requires a doctor?

This varies from person to person and depends on a number of factors such as the diagnosis, duration of symptoms and whether this is a recurring problem, your age, general health and fitness etc. Some people only need one or two sessions, others may need more. Generally there is a significant improvement after the first visit, and the average number of treatments is three. Once better, many of our patients chose to come for regular 'maintenance sessions' every one to two months or more, to help maintain the improvement.

How many treatments will I need?

Osteopathy and chiropractic both use 'hands -on' techniques to treat similar conditions. Generally they differ in their philosophy, some of their techniques, the way they approach a problem and their style of practice. Osteopathic treatment does not target symptoms only but also treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. There are individual variations between different practices; at Ryalls Park, we spend approximately 40 minutes with each of our patients at every session. Most of our patients come through personal recommendation, and often come to us seeking a gentler approach to long term relief, having tried other treatments.

What is the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor?

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