Newmarket Osteopathic Clinic
18 Park Lane
Newmarket, CB8 8AX
tel: 01638 667282
We are open for appointments. For treatment or advice call today on 01638 667282

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an established, well accepted form of physical therapy. It focuses on the musculoskeletal system (muscles, joints, ligaments etc.) and the way in which this interrelates with the body as a whole.

Trauma to any part of this system, be it from injury, disease, developmental or occupational reasons, will lead to a disruption of normal function of that part.

This can have knock-on effects. With this knowledge, your osteopath will use a variety of techniques to restore normality to the damaged region. This produces the best "environment" for the natural repair process to occur and thus reduce pain and disability.

Do I need to see my doctor first?

Although GPs (and some Consultants) quite often refer patients to osteopaths, it is not necessary to see your GP before you visit us. However, if you intend to use a private health medical insurance policy, GP referral is usually needed to satisfy the policy's "rules" - please telephone your company to clarify.

What do I wear?

It is often necessary to remove outer clothing - occasionally down to underwear in order to carry out examination and treatment. Blankets are available if necessary. Loose fitting clothing with elastic waistbands are certainly helpful.

Do we treat sports injuries?

Yes - very often. We regularly see a variety of sports related injuries. Osteopaths don't just treat backs!

Does treatment hurt?

Treatment seldom hurts. A sensation of "tension"or "pressure" may cause some mild discomfort. Contrary to popular belief, the specific joint releasing manipulation resulting in an audible "click" should not be painful. Many patients find treatment a pleasant experience.

How many treatments will I need?

This of course depends on the severity, complexity and duration of the problem and you will be advised at the first consultation. 1-5 treatments is common but more will be needed in difficult or long term conditions.

How much does treatment cost?

Our present fee is £46 per visit. This will last for 40 minutes, sometimes longer. Payment is by cash or cheque only.

How are osteopaths trained and governed?

An osteopath studies for 4 or 5 years for an undergraduate degree. Similar to a medical degree, we study, anatomy, physiology, medicine and pathology. We learn about clinical tests and their interpretation and undertake over 1000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. Once qualified we have to register with "The General Osteopathic Council" (GOsC) by law. This binds us to a strict code of conduct and ensures high standards of proficiency. Like most professions, continuous postgraduate training and development is compulsory.

How do I make a complaint?

Our Complaint Procedure Policy may be downloaded here (Microsoft Word).