How much does it cost?
45 minutes is allowed for each session.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies for everyone, but in general one would hope to have helped significantly after two or three sessions. On average most people probably have about 3-4 treatments initially, including babies, but it does vary because everybody is different. We can usually give a more sensible answer to this question after we have examined you.
Do I need GP referral?
No, your GP does not need to refer you to an osteopath. We do, however, collaborate with GPs and other medical practitioners and will ask your permission to contact them should the need arise.
Do I need x-rays?
No, but if we think you should be x-rayed or scanned we will write to your GP explaining why and ask them to arrange it.
What's the difference between an osteopath and a cranial osteopath?
All osteopaths graduate after four years full-time (or equivalent) study and have to pass many exams at the end of each of those years. We are regulated by law and nobody may call themselves an osteopath unless they are properly qualified and registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GosC). We all have to do post-graduate study (CPD: Continuing Professional Development) and submit an annual report to the GOsC detailing what CPD we have done.
Cranial Osteopaths (also known as Cranial-Sacral osteopaths) are osteopaths who have specialised in the so-called "Cranial" Osteopathic techniques. These are especially gentle, albeit powerful, hand-holds which may be applied to the whole body (not just the head) and which are very effective at helping the body to release tension throughout the body. In addition to everything that regular osteopaths consider when examining and treating someone, Cranial osteopaths look at the subtle motion (known as the Involuntary Motion) between the twenty six bones of the skull and which can be felt in all the tissues throughout the whole body.
What is Cranial Osteopathy?
Cranial Osteopathy is a specialised type of osteopathy that requires the ability to palpate (feel with hands) a very subtle, involuntary motion in the body and to use very gentle manipulative techniques to release tension and strains throughout the body, including the head. Cranial Osteopathy may also be referred to as Cranial-Sacral osteopathy.
What Symptoms Can Osteopathy Help With?
At Axminster Osteopathy we have helped people with a very wide range of symptoms. Generally we have helped people with various stiffness, tension, aches and pains in many different parts of the body including neck and back pain. People often report that in addition to their presenting symptom improving they may find they sleep well and generally feel more well.
Please do phone us if you would like to ask about your specific problem.
Here are some of the symptoms we have helped people with at Axminster Osteopathy:
Headache, Neck pain, Back pain
Shoulder ache/pain, Arm pain
Leg pain, foot, knee and hip pain