Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral from my doctor to come to an osteopath?”

Whilst we receive referrals from GPs, consultants, midwives and other healthcare practitioners, many patients self-refer. You do not need a doctor’s referral in order to have osteopathic treatment. However, where a medical condition requiring other management or investigation is indicated, your osteopath may refer you to your GP to seek advice or investigation. If you are considering making a claim on your insurance policy for treatment, you should be aware that some private health providers require a referral from a GP .

Am I too old/young for osteopathy?

No age group of patients are unsuitable for osteopathic treatment. As the techniques used by osteopaths are diverse, we are able to make effective changes on fragile tissues as well as the robust strong tissues of a professional athlete. The osteopath who assesses you will make a clinical judgement as to the most suitable technique. Osteopaths at the Colin Dove Practice have even treated premature babies who have extremely fragile tissues.

“What is Cranial Osteopathy?

This is the name given to a group of gentle osteopathic techniques which can be applied to all parts of the body, not just the head. They involve the specific application of very light pressure in order to effect stresses and strain within the body structure. They are effective on both adults and children. Cranial osteopathic technique is a postgraduate skill and most of the osteopaths at the Colin Dove Practice have undergone further training to develop skills to work in this way.

“Would one of the osteopaths be willing to give a talk about osteopathy to a special interest group of patients or other practitioners who want to learn more?”

Osteopaths working at the practice have a long history of giving talks and educational lectures on subjects related to osteopathy. Colin Dove was one of the first to broadcast on osteopathy, making appearances on radio and TV.

Today, we continue the tradition and are happy to give talks to groups such as sports clubs, continuing professional development for other practitioners, local medical groups, expectant mothers groups, mum-and-baby groups, patient support groups and other interested parties.
If you have any other questions or would like advice as to the suitability of osteopathic treatment in your specific case, please telephone 01708 762441 and ask to speak to one of the osteopaths.