Why choose osteopathy for my child?
Osteopathy is concerned with the structure of the body and its movement. Mechanical disorders, even when not obvious, can have a profound effect on the functioning of all body systems, which is why osteopathy can be so beneficial. In babies and children it is particularly important to pay attention to the structure of the body, and any physical tensions that may be caused by imbalance.
Who we treat
Our highly skilled paediatric osteopaths use non-invasive techniques to help soothe and relax babies or relieve tension and stresses on mum’s body before or after birth. We also treat older children up to 18 years old with issues ranging from digestion and circulatory problems to minor sports injuries, aches and pains, and the inability to relax due to a variety of pressures like exam stress. We support families with children with disabilities and learning difficulties, and always treat holistically to help restore, maintain and support health and well-being.
Why the OCC?
Because there is no other charity like the OCC in the world – and we mean literally! Our clinic offers an effective alternative or complement to traditional medication and drug therapies. It is a non-invasive option that can help reduce the amount of medical support an individual may need, which in turn, could help reduce costs to the NHS.
Our open-plan, warm and friendly clinics create a relaxed atmosphere that’s especially reassuring for children. The unique collaborative nature of the clinics often results in several osteopaths assessing each patient, therefore ensuring the best possible outcome.
On your first visit, your assigned osteopath will talk to you about your child’s condition and general health, and will listen to any concerns you may have. After observing your child’s movement and posture, your osteopath will give a gentle manual treatment. Our osteopaths are also available to give information and advice both before and after treatment, and will always make referrals to other medical services where necessary.
We believe that being able to really take the time to listen to our patients and their parents or carers, as well as physically examine them, is a key part of what we do as osteopaths.
Do you do cranial osteopathy?
Cranial osteopathy is not a different type of osteopathy, it is just one technique of many used by osteopaths. Our practitioners will select the most appropriate technique for each child.
Do you treat mums?
We treat any woman in the last trimester of their pregnancy and up to three months after birth. The body is required to adapt a great deal during pregnancy and this is why some women can suffer from a variety of aches and pains. Osteopathy can gently relieve the stresses and tensions that can be caused by those changes.
How much is a treatment?
We operate on a donate-what-you-can basis to help support our work. In terms of costs to the charity, it costs us £80 to deliver a new patient appointment (1 hour), and £40 for follow-ups (30 minutes).
We don’t receive any funding from government or NHS sources, so as a charity, we’re entirely reliant on donations to keep our doors open. We work hard to subsidise our costs through fundraising, but we ask all our patients to donate what they can afford, so we can continue providing treatments to families in exceptional financial hardship.
We welcome all families to our clinic, so please don’t be discouraged if you’re unable to donate the full cost of treatment.
To maintain our promise to make our service available to all, regardless of ability to pay, we reserve a limited number of treatment slots each day to care for families in financial difficulty. We are very discreet – please ask to speak to the Clinic Manager if you’d like to use one of these slots.
How soon can my child be seen? Is there a waiting list?
There are waiting lists for new patient appointments on some clinic days, but we’ll always offer you the first available appointment. Please call and speak to the Clinic Manager if you need an urgent appointment and we’ll try to bring your appointment forward if a space becomes available.
How long is a treatment, and how many sessions are needed?
Your first one will be an hour long as your osteopath will need to take a detailed health history, ie details of pregnancy, birth and development to date. This will be followed by treatment. All follow-up appointments are 30 minutes long. The number of sessions needed is entirely dependent on the patient and the advice of the osteopath. Most new patients will need to return for further treatment, but the osteopaths won’t advise follow-up treatment if they don’t feel it’s necessary.
What do I need to bring with me?
If you or your child has any specific medical condition, it would be useful for the osteopath to see any scan or medical record. For babies, bringing the red book would also be useful.
Will I have treatment on my first visit?
Yes, you will have treatment after your osteopath has taken all the necessary information about you or your child.
Is there parking?
There is Pay and Display parking nearby in Point Pleasant. It cost £2.40 per hour.