Frequently asked questions

If you are thinking of having Acupuncture treatment or visiting an Osteopath, you may have some questions as to how it works, what happens at an appointment and what we do. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we have at the clinic.

How much do treatments cost?

Treatments for Osteopathy, Acupuncture and Cranial osteopathy are £38.00 for direct payment and last 30 minutes. Often the first session, especially with children is slightly longer but will be priced the same. With cranial osteopathy the first appointment may take up to an hour.

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What kind of problems can Osteopaths treat?

Whilst back pain is the most common problem see, osteopathy can help with a wide variety of problems including changes to posture during pregnancy, babies suffering with colic or sleeplessness, repetitive strain injury, postural problems caused by driving or repetitive work strain, help with the pain from arthritis and sporting injuries amongst many others. If you are unsure whether osteopathy can help with your particular problem please call the clinic on 01536 414567 and I will be happy to discuss your individual problem with you.

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What happens when I see an Osteopath?

A full medical history will be taken including past and present health problems. An examination will then take place often including orthopaedic, neurological and osteopathic techniques and then treatment if appropriate.

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How many treatments will I need?

The treatment is patient-centred so the number will vary depending on the nature of the problem being treated. Acute problems will usually not take as long as chronic problems to get better. An average number is between 4 to 6 sessions.
For some acute pains only two to three treatments may be all that is necessary. Chronic conditions may need ongoing maintenance. We’ll be able to give you an indication after your first visit. Rest assured that we at the Kettering Osteopathic Clinic will not treat you for longer than is absolutely necessary.

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Do I need to see my GP first?

You don’t need to see your GP before consulting an osteopath. Many GP’s now favour osteopathic treatment for patients. You may need to see your GP before claiming on your health insurance – please check with the company first. As the benefits from acupuncture are becoming more widely recognised, more GP’s are learning acupuncture themselves to use in their own clinics.

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Can I use my health insurance?

Acupuncture, like osteopathy, is covered by most health insurance policies. Very occasionally GP referral may be needed. If you are unsure about your policy please check with your company.

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Do I have to take my clothes off?

Removal of top clothes, down to your underwear, is usually preferable so the Osteopath can examine the whole of the spine and body structure. Large towels are available to cover areas not being treated.

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What happens when I see an Acupuncturist?

A full medical history will be taken including past and present health problems. An examination will then take place often including orthopaedic, neurological techniques and then treatment if appropriate.

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Does Acupuncture hurt?

Generally people do not feel the needles entering the skin. If they do, then the sensation is similar to a small pin prick.

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Can I have Acupuncture and Osteopathy together?

Yes, we have found some problems are actually complemented by the use of the two therapies together, especially if the problems are widespread or chronic. There is no extra charge for the therapy combination.

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Is Acupuncture safe?

All needles used are sterile single use needles which are safely disposed of after each treatment according to current guidelines.

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Can I still give blood after Acupuncture?

Yes you can. Certificates for patients from the British Medical Acupuncture Society are available from the clinic on request.

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Is there an age limit for the treatment?

No, babies and children of any age can be treated. Cranial treatment is very good for the older person too as it is very gentle.

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What will happen when I see a cranial osteopath?

A detailed medical history will be taken, involving past and present problems. If it is for a child then questions regarding your pregnancy and birth will be asked. An examination will then take place often including orthopaedic, neurological and osteopathic techniques and then treatment if appropriate.

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What is the difference between a Structural Osteopath and Cranial Osteopath?

In their training, Osteopaths are taught a variety of treatment methods and techniques, ranging from mobilisation and manipulation of the joints, to the very gentle methods used by Cranial Osteopaths who will work at the subtle end of the spectrum. It is possible for a structural osteopath to also treat cranially.

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What is the difference between ‘Cranial Osteopath’ and ‘Cranial-sacral therapy’?

Cranial osteopaths are registered practitioners with the General Osteopathic Council and specialise in cranial osteopathic techniques. Cranial-sacral therapists are not registered osteopaths.

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Does cranial osteopathy hurt?

As cranial osteopathy is very gentle using small amounts of pressure the treatment should not be uncomfortable for the patient. Patients, especially children, after the treatment may fell very relaxed and sleepy. Others may have a burst of energy. Occasionally children may become unsettled following a treatment. This is a temporary situation and will usually clear within 24-48 hours.

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