Q: Does the NHS cover Osteopathy Treatments
A: Osteopathy is categorized as a form of complementary therapy and therefore is not covered by the NHS in many parts of the UK. In some parts of the country there may be limited availability.
Q: Is Osteopathy Safe?
A: Yes. Osteopathy is considered a much safer treatment option when compared to alternatives like drugs, painkillers and surgery. In fact the RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) has guidelines in place for GP’s to follow which includes manipulations which are in fact used during Osteopathic treatments.
Q: What Does An Osteopath Do?
A: Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and help your body’s own healing mechanisms take over. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise routines to speed and aid recovery time. These practices promote health and prevent symptoms reocurring.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The cost varies from clinic to clinic, but in general treatments can cost anywhere between £40.00 to £60.00 for an initial visit and between £35.00 to £50.00 for followup visits. Duration of follow up visits rarely last longer than 30 minutes.
Q: Is Osteopathy covered by my insurance?
A: Most standard health insurance policies cover osteopathic treatment. To be certain you need to check your policy or speak with an advisor.