Osteopaths are increasingly working alongside GP’s and other healthcare professionals to provide private treatment and treatment through the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends osteopathy as a source of manual therapy and treatment for lower back pain and the Department of Health has published guidelines advocating that osteopathy can efficiently and effectively treat musculoskeletal problems in patients.
Most patients do visit an osteopath off their own volition without prior referral, however this requires up front payment. Some insurance companies may require you to be referred by a doctor first before receiving osteopathic treatment. Payment and fees do vary depending on the osteopath and treatment required so do enquire when booking a consultation. Osteopathy sessions are available on the NHS in some areas and national guidelines state that NHS coverage for osteopathic treatment for lower back pain, should be covered everywhere.
To find your nearest osteopath please visit our Find an Osteopath page.
If you have any queries as to whether or not you require a referral to an osteopath please contact the institute of Osteopathy (iO) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the office on 01582 488455.