Our Prices and FAQ's

Below are a list of our most frequently asked questions...

1) How much does treatment cost and how can I pay?

2) How long is a treatment?

3) How many treatments will I need?

4) Are you recognised by private healthcare providers?

5) Where can I park or where are the nearest bus stops? 

6) What is the difference between an Osteopath, a Physiotherapist and a Chiropractor?

 

1) How much does treatment cost and how can I pay?

 

Our prices are £40 for all osteopathy and acupuncture treatments, for those under 65. For those over 65, we do offer a discount on follow-up treatments, and these are charged at £38. For treatment with Elise or Seb, we accept credit or debit cards, aswell as cash or cheques with a banker's card. 

 

We sell gift vouchers for osteopathy and acupuncture treatments, in case anyone you know needs any encouragement to come along!

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2) How long is a treatment?

 

Osteopathy and acupuncture treatments take approximately half an hour.

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3) How many treatments will I need?

 

It depends! Recent problems can resolve after two or three treatments, longer standing problems may require more treatment. Your practitionner can usually advise you on your initial visit.

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4) Are you recognised by private healthcare providers?

 

Yes. Both Elise and Seb are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) -which is the Osteopathic governing body.They are both recognised by the HSA (Simply Health) and many other private healthcare providers. Seb is also registered with the British Acupuncture Council which represents traditional acupuncture in the UK. Currently, traditional acupuncture is recognised by HSA and some insurance companies. If you have any queries please telephone for advice.

Elise and Seb were both recognised by BUPA until 12th July 2012, when we chose to resign in protest over BUPA's new regulations and rules governing osteopaths providing BUPA cover.

Save Osteopathy On BUPA (S.O.O.B.) was a webpage set up by osteopaths to publicise this issue between osteopaths and BUPA. You can read about it by following this link. www.save-osteopathy-on-bupa.org

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5) Where can I park or where are the nearest bus stops?

 

There is ample parking at the front of the clinic. Alternatively, the numbers 16 and 26 bus routes stop outside the BP garage going off the island and again on the corner of Green Avenue and Long Road going back into town.

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6) What is the difference between an Osteopath, a Physiotherapist and a Chiropractor?

 

We are asked this question all the time!

Firstly, it helps to understand that we are all individuals, and therefore each individual practitioner (whether an osteopath, physiotherapist or chiropractor) will work in the manner that suits them, or that they prefer. Even if two of the same professionals were educated at the same place, at the same time, their treatments will vary because people do things their own way! When choosing a practitioner, from a patient's point of view,  it is more about the individual person's approach.

Osteopaths and chiropractors share a certain amount of common ground, as both originated in America about 100 years ago, with chiropractic technique springing from osteopathy about ten years after osteopathy became established.

Osteopathy is a holistic approach (looking at and treating the whole body) whereas chiropractic technique is more spinally based. The main difference is that chiropractors use x-rays to diagnose and plan their treatments, whereas osteopaths are purely 'hands-on', and use mobility (both observing, testing and feeling how well - or not well - the body is moving) to diagnose. Chiropractors tend to have a shorter treatment, using mostly direct manipulation. Osteopaths have a longer treatment time, using the spinal manipulation too, but with soft tissue techniques and stretching aswell.

Physiotherapists in private practice are different to those in hospital - Most hospital physiotherapists work according to the GP's diagnosis. They follow set protocols for back problems, often offering exercises. Some may use soft tissue techniques and electro-therapy machines, such as ultrasound or heat treatment. Private physiotherapists are not bound to follow a GP's diagnosis and will make their own.

Osteopaths are primarily interested in mobility (how well - or not - the body is moving) and consider that pain is most often caused by lack of mobility. Osteopaths therefore work to improve a patient's mobility and by improving the freedom of their movement, the body can work better. Physiotherapists usually work to rehabilitate the body after injury or surgery and consider that pain is caused by muscle weakness, so their focus is mainly on strengthening the muscles.