Heswall Osteopaths (Melanie Jane Wright and Associates)

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Is Osteopathy Recognised ? Yes. Since 2000 all Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. This protects the public and is legally enforced. All new members of the profession must come from an accredited school.
Major insurers and healthcare companies recognise and include osteopathy on their list of benefits. BUPA, PPP, NORWICH UNION, MEDICASH/Penny in the pound etc. If you plan to claim for your treatment then please make sure you mention this when booking your first appointment as some insurers require a GP referral or prior authorisation.

What do I wear? Normally you are asked to undress to your underwear for treatment as this allows the Osteopath to observe changes in skin tone/colour/notice inflammation and feel joint movement. You are welcome to bring a pair of shorts if this makes you feel more comfortable. Very often you are only asked to reveal the problem area.

What should I bring with me? Bring yourself! And a list of any prescribed medications that you are taking. It is also helpful if you have dates of previous operations or copies of any tests that have been performed-xrays, MRI scans, blood tests, etc.

Does my GP have to refer me? No. Most of our patients are recommended by word of mouth. We do occasionally need to refer back to your GP and request information or tests to be performed but we would always request your permission before doing this.

How many treatments will I need? Treatments tend to be carried out with an interval of one to two weeks apart. Most patients need between 4-6 sessions but it is totally variable as no two patients are the same-some have chronic conditions which need to be approached slowly and therefore need more treatments. As a rule we allow at least week between sessions as the body needs to recover and adapt to the changes we have made.

Will it hurt?
NO! Sometimes you can expect to be sore for about 24-36 hours post treatment but this is often described by patients as '....feeling like I have done a lot of exercise without having been used to it....' and is the body attempting to normalise itself and remove the build up of inflammatory toxins that accumulate with any acute or chronic injury. Before you leave the surgery you will be told the likely side-effects you may experience, and how to deal with them i.e. contrast bathing, anti-inflammatories (if appropriate) and exercises.

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