Phoenix Business Centre,
Unit 8, Phoenix Court,
Phoenix Road,
Barrow in Furness,
Cumbria
LA14 2UA
Tel: 01229 600593
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
Does it hurt?
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
No! Treatments used are tailored to the strength of your body and so should never be too strong for you. There may occasionally be soreness after the first treatment, which is due to the inflamed soft tissues having to adapt to the change in their circumstances but this would not be expected to last more than 24 hours. Most patients enjoy osteopathic treatment!

How many treatments will I need?
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
This may vary depending on your individual case but on average, I would expect to see a significant improvement within 3-4 sessions, which would be given over a period of 2-3 weeks. If your problem is severe or chronic you may need more treatments. Any further treatments required would be spaced out over longer intervals as it is important to let the body adapt to the changes made.

Do I need to be referred by my GP?
Shaun Anderson Osteopath No, most of my patients are recommended by word of mouth. It is entirely up to you whether or not your doctor knows that you are receiving treatment. Occasionally I need to refer back to your GP for blood tests or x-rays but I would always seek your permission before writing any letters.
An increasing number of GP's are recommending patients to Osteopaths privately.

Can I have osteopathic treatment on the NHS?
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
No. Currently this form of treatment is not available locally on the NHS, but this will hopefully change in the near future.

Can I help myself?
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
Yes. The half hour of the treatment is just a contribution to your recovery. What you do at home or work can help or hinder your progress. Advice is given on exercises you can do to strengthen and rehabilitate, on posture and how and when you should return to your normal activities. Ice packing and contrast bathing can also help, by making the circulation carry away the inflammatory products and provide the area with nutrient filled fresh blood.

Should I rest?
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
Rest is usually not advisable. Most musculoskeletal problems respond much better when kept mobile and can seize up completely if rested for too long. A lot of conditions we see are inflammatory, and are typically at their most stiff and painful first thing in the morning. This follows most people's longest period of rest and the symptoms are alleviated once they are up and about.

Who is an Osteopath?
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
Statutory regulation of the Osteopathic Profession under the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) is mandatory following the passing of the Osteopaths Bill in 1993. Since this was fully implemented in May 2000, an Osteopath is someone who holds a recognised qualification and who is a member of the statutory register of osteopaths maintained by the GOsC. It is now illegal for anyone who is not registered with the GOsC to call themselves an Osteopath or to offer osteopathic treatment.

What is the difference between osteopaths / physiotherapists / chiropractors?
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
There will always be individual variations, but in general physios may use machines in their treatment, and often spend time going through rehabilitation exercises with you. Many do not use "hands on" treatment. Chiropractic treatment lays its emphasis on "adjustment" of the joints and the average treatment time would be approximately 10 minutes. The average osteopathic treatment takes 30 minutes as we do similar joint manipulation to the chiropractors, but we consider that the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments etc) are just as important in the overall symptom picture and recovery. Our treatment therefore involves a lot of stretching, articulation and deep soft tissue treatment. This is helpful in cases such as elderly patients where joint manipulation may be better avoided, so a very effective soft tissue treatment may be given without any strong techniques.

What is the click during manipulation?
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
Pain is often centred around a restricted joint which has became jammed or inflamed, with the surrounding muscles going into spasm and maintaining the pain.
Joint manipulation involves putting the restricted joint through a very small stretching movement at speed - this just feels like a quick push on the joint. Separating the joint surfaces like this causes a release in the pressure within the joint. It is this change in pressure which causes the clicking noise and the result is a joint that moves more freely. Any "click" is a by-product of the manipulation - in other words, it does not have to happen for the treatment to be effective.

Is osteopathy recognised now?
Shaun Anderson Osteopath Yes. Now that all osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council, the profession is statutorily regulated. Osteopathy is recognized by all the major private healthcare companies - BUPA, AXA PPP, HSA, Norwich Union etc. If you are making a claim for your treatment please tell us when you book your appointment, as some companies require a GP referral.

What kinds of problems can osteopathy help with?
Shaun Anderson Osteopath
Whilst back pain is the most common problem seen, osteopathy can help with a wide variety of problems including sciatica, whiplash injury, and repetitive strain injury, postural problems caused by driving, work strain or pregnancy, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries among many others including:
  • Aches and Pains
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Backache
  • Back Pain
  • Fibromyalgia (Fibrositis)
  • Joint Pains
  • Lumbago
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Neck Ache
  • Neuralgia
  • Rheumatic Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sports injuries, Minor
  • Whiplash