FAQs

How do I book an appointment?

Get in touch either via the website here, phone us on 07496059316 or email us enquiries@bodyworks-osteopathy.co.uk.

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How much does it cost?

Initial consultation (45 – 60 minutes) £40

Follow up appointment (30 – 45 minutes) £30

Do I need to be referred by a GP?

No, you don’t need a referral from a GP, as osteopaths are primary contact health care practitioners. Just get in touch for an appointment, however the British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners’ states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.

How long are appointments?

Your initial consultation may last up to one hour. This will enable your osteopath to take a thorough history, examine and depending upon your condition, treat you.

Follow-up treatments are usually shorter depending on your condition it can take between 30-45 mins.

What happens during an initial consultation?

An initial consultation includes taking a thorough case history, including details of the current complaint(s), previous injuries, current and past general medical health and a systemic screen (where we check your body systems are all ok). All information will be treated as confidential in accordance with standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the Data Protection Act 1998.

Once this is complete, if appropriate, your osteopath will examine you. This includes observing posture and active/passive movements as well as using specific tests to formulate a diagnosis.

Your osteopath will explain what the diagnosis is, how they aim to treat it and ensure you are happy about it before treating.

Treatment will begin at your first appointment – you may experience mild discomfort afterwards, but in most cases this will resolve within 24 hours. If you have any concerns about your treatment, we encourage you to discuss these further with your osteopath.

What happens in a follow up treatment?

Follow up treatments involve a chat about your progress and thoughts since your last treatment. It is important to alert your osteopath if there are any changes to your health, medications or symptoms. 
 
A follow up examination is completed at every appointment to monitor your progress between treatments. This is often shorter than at initial consultation, unless the complaint has changed. 

Do I need to undress / What should I wear?

In order to assess a patient, you will be required to undress to your underwear. In some circumstances some clothing may be worn but it is best to assume that you will be required to undress. It is best to wear appropriate underwear that you are comfortable in.

If you are uncomfortable undressed to this level, please bring a pair of shorts or loose fitting clothing. For women a strap top is best, so that it can be moved to see your back.

Does it hurt?

The health risks associated with having osteopathic treatment are extremely low, if you have any concerns about the safety of your treatment your osteopath will be happy to discuss these with you.

Our aim is to help you to feel better and generally there should be a relief from pain after treatment. On some occasions, and while the body goes through its own process of readjustment, you may feel a little sore for up to 48 hrs, after which there should be noticeable improvement. We will always encourage you to give us feedback during & after treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

The nature and number of treatments will depend on your diagnosis and how well you respond to treatment. Your Osteopath will monitor your progress and keep you informed throughout so that you understand approximately how many treatments you may need or how long your recovery is likely to take.

Can I bring someone with me?

All patients are welcome to bring someone with them to their consultation and treatment. In the case of under 18’s a parent or guardian over the age of 18 must always accompany them to an appointment. 

Can I help myself?

After your first treatment, we will suggest that you rest. This helps avoid any further stress to the damaged area and shows us how you are reacting to treatment without any other influences.

Later, when you are recovering well, we may suggest some exercises to keep you mobile. In general, we prefer you to keep as active as you can and – where possible – to keep up your daily routine of work and other activities. Researchers have found that people who can keep their normal routine get better quicker than those who rest completely.

We will also advise you on ways to improve your posture and movement at work

Can I have osteopathy on my private medical insurance?

Many private health insurance schemes give benefit for osteopathic treatment. Some companies will reimburse the total fee or pay a percentage of the costs. Contact the helpline of your insurance company who will explain the actual benefits and methods of claim for your individual policy.

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07496059316

Osteopath: Alix Minnitt

Monday - 9am - 7:30pm
Tuesday - 10am - 5:00pm
Wednesday - 10:30 - 8:00pm
Thursday - 10:00am - 7:00pm
Friday - Closed
Saturday - 9:00 - 5:00pm

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3 Orchard Close
Newton on Trent,
Lincoln LN1 2GJ
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