FAQ – Osteopathy Questions

Osteopath Beckenham Bromley

Would my condition get better on its own?

This depends on the condition you have and what you mean by ‘better’. It is well documented that inflammation, which is one of the main causes of pain, will often subside within forty-eight to seventy-two hours. Therefore the pain will most likely decrease or even disappear. However, the underlying cause and effect of an injury will lead to scarring and reduced flexibility, making re-injury more likely if it is not properly treated.

What is a slipped disc?

This is when one of the discs, which separate one vertebra from another, is injured and its wall bulges like that of a bicycle tyre. In some cases it puts pressure on a nerve, leading to pain down the arm known as brachial neuralgia or in the back of the thigh and leg, where it is known as sciatica.

Why do babies see osteopaths for treatment?

Babies often present with the following set of symptoms:

  • Gets irritable and unable to settle

  • Has indigestion and significant wind after feeds

  • Screams, especially in the evening around 5 – 6pm

  • Gets very distressed, angry and may kick legs

  • Is restless

  • Gulps food and is then very sick with wind

It is believed that these symptoms occur because the child becomes stressed during the birthing process, which can take many hours to complete. The result is a set of symptoms probably similar to those of an adult under significant stress.

How and why do you treat babies?

Babies, as already stated, can get stressed when the mother is in labour, especially when delivered by forceps or suction. Tension in the muscles and covering soft tissues of the head, neck and abdomen can occur. With the use of gentle soft-tissue release techniques, including cranial osteopathy, these tissues relax and the baby returns to normal within two to three sessions. The alternative is months of unnecessary stress and anguish for the parents.

How many treatments is it likely to take?

It is not possible to be definite about this but you should see an improvement within three sessions. Please see information on acute and unresolved chronic strains and injuries by clicking here.

How long is a treatment?

The first consultation takes up-to 45 minutes and involves asking you questions regarding your present and past complaints, your medical history. This is followed by appropriate tests, examination and treatment. Subsequent treatment sessions last half an hour. In chronic conditions, where a half-hour is not considered sufficient time to make a difference, an hour treatment session will be advised. In all cases this will be fully explained.

What should I wear?

Wear loose clothing such as a pair of shorts or leggings and a baggy t-shirt.

Is there parking available?

There is free parking outside the practice.

Book a treatment

Call 020 8650 5001