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Frequently asked questions
Does treatment hurt? 

Treatment does not cause any pain to a baby patient and is quite unspectacular.

Treatment of adults is usually painless. Mr. Ayriss uses a number of different manual treatment approaches that are virtually painless. However, some discomfort may be experienced during soft tissue techniques - patients often describe this as a "good" pain. You are encouraged to tell the Osteopath if any part of the examination or treatment cause you undue discomfort.
How will I feel after the treatment?

A normal response to treatment is to feel a little looser or lighter following a treatment. If your problem is inflamed, them you may feel sore or stiff following the treatment. 

For the following 2-3 days you may feel  sore as the tissue congestion drains out of the effected tissues and your body sends its self healing mechanisms to the injured area. These reactions range from being mild to severe depending upon the severity of your problem.

Do I need to remove clothing?

Yes, you will need to remove clothing so that the Osteopath can assess the part of your body that is hurting and your spine. It is recommended that you wear appropriate underwear. You may consider bringing a pair of shorts or loose fitting tracksuit bottoms to change into. Female patients will always have a towel placed over them when they are on the treatment table. Every effort will be made to respect your modesty.

Do I still have to pay if it turns out that my problem cannot be helped with Osteopathic treatment

We offer free consultation and assessments. If your problem is unsuitable for Osteopathic treatment then you will not be charged. If treatment is given in the first session you will be charged. If a referral letter is required then you will be charged a £20 admin fee for the referral letter.
Is my problem appropriate for Osteopathic treatment?

Our clinic regularly sees patients with problems that have not responded to medical treatments or people who are unable to wait to be seen on the NHS. However, if you have back or neck pain with any of the associated symptoms below, then it is recommended that you do not consult our office and seek urgent medical attention.

  • If you are unable to urinate
  • If you are unable to empty your bowels
  • If you have become incontinent since the onset of your back or neck pain.
  • If you have an associated fever
  • If you have associated numbness or pins and needles around your anus
  • If you have pins and needles or numbness in BOTH legs/feet

What is the difference between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor? 

Generally speaking, Chiropractors tend to be very focused on treating bony misalignment. They also tend to charge more money for shorter treatments - and therefore you are likely to require more sessions. However, Osteopaths and Chiropractors are very similar in some ways. In fact, Mr. Ayriss has undertaken postgraduate training in the application of one of the gentlest forms of Chiropractic adjustments. Our clinic deals with all tissues involved in your problem - muscular, ligamentous, bony and nerve.
What is the difference between Osteopathy and Physiotherapy? 

While both Osteopathy and Physiotherapy advertise that they can help similar conditions, their are some very important differences between how we approach the patient.

Physiotherapy is a medical approach to sports injuries, tissue injury and rehabilitation.  It uses electro-therapy, massage, prescription stretching exercises, Dry needling and occasionally joint manipulation. Physiotherapists on the NHS are given a prescription, by the specialist who made the referral to them, instructing them on which area of the body to treat - they are simply not allowed to assess or treat any other parts of the body even if other parts of the body are influencing the part that is hurting. The prescription of exercises are region specific and not patient specific and while can help in certain cases, they often result in either not helping or making the problem worse. Some Physiotherapists have been on post graduate weekend courses to train in "Manips" (their version of manipulations). The outcome of these weekend course "Manips" can be unpredictable to say the least.

Osteopaths train for 4 years in the art of body manipulation and often treat areas of the body that are influencing the problem as well as the area where the problem is felt. We regularly assess and treat the whole body to ease the part that is hurting.

Mr. Ayriss has delivered over 20 000 manipulation based treatments since graduating 10 years ago. His treatment uses a variety of different manipulation techniques, specific to each patients' needs, aimed at realigning the body in order to alleviate bio-mechanical stress on painful soft tissues and to promote self healing of injured tissues. This can include massage and exercise advise, but is quite unique from other therapies.
What age groups can the clinic treat? 

We treat patients of all ages - from new born to adult. We treat babies who are only days old and we treat geriatric patients in their 90's. The treatment is safe and tailored to the individual patient. If the patient is under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What should I wear? 

It is recommended that you wear appropriate underwear and a pair of shorts for the examination and treatment. While you are on the treatment couch a towel will be placed over you to respect your modesty.
How many treatments will I need? 

Most uncomplicated problems require between 1 and 5 sessions to alleviate your symptoms fully. More complicated problems require more. Serious or recurrent problems may require follow up treatment that takes place on a monthly basis until we are both satisfied that you have stabilized. We fully respect each individual patients treatment goals.

For information and appointments contact our receptionists on:   
07886 636 169
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