FAQ 2

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Osteopathy is for everybody – from babies to the very old – and can help the very fit and the infirm alike. Age is not a barrier to receiving osteopathic treatment. Treatment is specifically adapted to a patient’s individual needs.
Side effects are generally very rare. You might experience some soreness or tiredness for a few days afterwards but this will subside quickly. Osteopathy is a very safe & effective form of treatment & most patients feel substantially better for it.
All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council. You can check on the GOsC website to see if your health professional is currently registered. The title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law, and only those included on the UK Statutory Register are entitled to practise as osteopaths. Unregistered practice is a criminal offence in the UK.
In class only you will massage your baby. Clare, your instructor, will demonstrate various massage techniques on a doll. Each week will focus on a different area of the body including head, neck and tummy. Massage strokes and techniques will be reviewed each week before moving on to a different part of the body and Clare will also provide handouts as a reminder.

The areas of the body covered in the baby massage course over the 5 weeks are:

  • Legs and feet
  • Stomach
  • Chest
  • Face
  • Head
  • Arms and hands

In your baby massage class you are always able to listen to your baby’s cues, if they are upset, need feeding or changing this is fine to do during the class.

Here at the Mersea Road Clinic the baby massage sessions are run for babies up to 6 months old, for 1 hour for the duration of 5 weeks in groups of up to 6. At the end of each baby massage session there will be time for an informal parent discussion, refreshments and the opportunity to raise any concerns with one of our Osteopaths at the practice.

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As a general rule, Osteopathic techniques are chosen to best suit the individual patient and their complaint. The Osteopath aims to make the patient as comfortable as possible at all times during the treatment. Some techniques can feel a bit uncomfortable or sore but not cause pain.

If your tissues are tense and sore, it may be uncomfortable at first to have them stretched and relaxed, especially if they have been tense for a long time. Some patients can feel some mild aching or a slightly “bruised” feeling after treatment, for the next 24-48hrs, but this is not unusual and therefore is nothing to worry about. The Osteopath will give prophylactic (after treatment) advice to help ease these symptoms.

No. GPs refer patients to osteopaths where they believe this intervention would be beneficial. Referral guidelines are provided by the General Medical Council and British Medical Association. Most patients ‘self refer’ to an osteopath for treatment. If necessary, with your permission, your osteopath will liaise directly with your doctor to ensure that your treatment works in harmony with any other medical needs that you may have.
Undergraduate students follow a four or five-year degree course combining academic and clinical work. Qualification generally takes the form of a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy – a BSc(Hons), BOst or BOstMed – or a masters degree in osteopathy (MOst). Many osteopaths continue their studies after graduating.

Osteopaths are required to update their training throughout their working lives. They must complete at least 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development per year.

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