Frome osteopathic clinic



What to expect on your first visit and follow up visits

  • The Osteopath will listen and ask questions about your problem, your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking, and record this in your case notes. The information you provide will be confidential.
  • In order to examine you properly, it is likely the osteopath will ask you to remove some of your clothing so they can see the area of concern. You can ask a friend or relative to accompany you and be present throughout your treatment should you wish.
  • The Osteopath will ask you to make simple movements to observe your posture and mobility. Because of the body’s structure, pain or stiffness you are experiencing in one part may be linked to a problem elsewhere.
  • In addition, they will examine the health of the joints, tissues and ligaments using their hands and may well carry out orthopaedic testing to help with their diagnosis.
  • Your osteopath will also check for signs of serious conditions they cannot treat and may advise you to see your GP or go to hospital. Often, they may well provide you with a letter explaining what they believe to be the problem.
  • Your osteopath will give you a clear explanation of what they find (their diagnosis) and discuss a treatment plan that is suitable for you. They will explain the benefits and any risks of the treatment they are recommending. It is important to understand what the treatment can achieve, and the likely number of sessions needed for a noticeable improvement in how you feel.
  • Self-help measures and advice on exercise may be offered to assist your recovery, prevent recurrence or worsening of symptoms.


Ongoing care

Because of the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore in the first 24-48 hours after treatment. Your osteopath will explain any likely reactions that you could expect. If you have any concerns it is important to contact the osteopath and ask their advice. It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. The osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan.

What is the difference between an Osteopath a chiropractor and a physiotherapist?

Osteopathic treatment...

…focuses on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. Consequently, treatment focuses on your structure and functioning to improve how everything works. Osteopaths can diagnose, refer for imaging, read reports from imaging and refer a patient privately to see a consultant in most cases. Osteopaths can manipulate joints just like a chiropractor but their holistic approach means that they do not just treat backs and necks.

An Osteopath can treat your joints, muscles and nerve pain throughout your body from headaches caused by neck pain right down to your feet as well as elbow pain, Achilles tendon pain, plantar fasciitis, back pain and much more. Your osteopath will also help with rehabilitation and prescribe exercises to help with recovery. In addition, if you osteopath has qualified to use acupuncture needles these can be used as part of your treatment plan with your consent.

Chiropractic treatment...

…involves specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other joint areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound and exercise.

(British chiropractic association. 2019)

It is important to understand that neither chiropractic nor osteopathy are simply ‘complementary therapies’; they are formal clinical disciplines, born from the practise of medicine. Both osteopaths and chiropractors are regulated by law and have to be registered with their regulatory council.


Physio’s help people affected by injury, illness or disability through exercise, advice and education. They normally recommend movement and exercise to help mobility. The aim of physiotherapy is to rehabilitate and improve a person’s ability to move and function.

Will my treatment hurt?

Generally, your treatment shouldn’t hurt and be quite gentle. However, when dysfunction is being worked through it can sometimes feel uncomfortable. It is not uncommon for your body to notice treatment has happened over the following 24 hours as your body adjusts itself to recover from what was wrong.

Do I need to undress?

It is helpful if your osteopath can see the area of the body that is a cause for concern and so yes, it is helpful. However, you will only be asked to undress to your under wear. Please do feel free to wear sports shorts and ask your osteopath if you would prefer not to undress.

Can an Osteopath prescribe medicines?

No. An Osteopath cannot prescribe. However, an Osteopath as part of their training learns pharmacology and so they are very familiar with many prescribed medicines for a wealth of conditions.

Can an Osteopath refer me for MRI’s, Ultrasound, X-ray?

Yes, they can. Many do and it will always be privately. Frome Osteopathic clinic refers to two imaging centres and the price for an MRI ranges from £200 to £240 as an estimate.

Do I need to be referred from a GP or Dr to see an Osteopath?

No, you can self-refer and make the appointment yourself

How many sessions will I need?

This will depend on your presenting complaint, how acute or chronic your condition is and the treatment plan the Osteopath explains to you once they have seen you.

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