What happens during the appointement?

A full medical case history will be taken. Marie will listen carefully to you to assess why the problems have occurred and gain an overall picture of your health. In this way any underlying health problems which ought to be dealt with by your Doctor are identified. Your health and safety is always a priority before starting any osteopathy treatment.

Examination This is a visual assessment of your standing and sitting posture to identify areas of tension and habitual postural habits. You may be asked to undress to your underwear for assessment of your spinal curves and overall posture.

Active and passive movements You may be asked to bend forwards, backwards, sideways and twist around, as far as you are able, whilst sitting or standing. This is to determine which tissue is problematic and helps decide on the most appropriate techniques to be used during treatment.

Other tests Marie may take your blood pressure, check reflexes, and undertake neurological tests. Referral for further tests such as MRI, X-Rays and blood tests may be recommended. This is also to determine whether osteopathy is appropriate for you.

Is Osteopathy safe?

Yes. Osteopaths take a detailed medical case history and in conjunction with the physical examination come to a diagnosis. This is to decide whether treatment is suitable or whether further investigations are needed. Consequently, treatment is tailored to each individual. Your safety and comfort is of primary concern at all times.

Is Osteopathy regulated?

Yes. In France since 2007 all osteopaths have to register with the DRASS (Direction Regionale des Affaires Sanitaires et Sociales) and DDASS (Direction Departementale des Affaires Sanitaires et Sociales) to ensure that their osteopathy qualification is from a recognised and approved school. It is illegal in France to call oneself an osteopath unless qualified from a regulated school and registered with DRASS and DDASS.

Osteopaths complete a 4-6 year degree program, depending on the school and the country. Subjects include anatomy, physiology, osteopathy, neurology, clinical differential diagnosis, obstetrics, rheumatology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, gastroenterology, cardiology and respiratory diseases.

Do I need a GP referral?

No. Osteopaths are trained to give a clinical diagnosis and to treat or refer accordingly.

How many treatments will I need?

Osteopathy treatment is individual to each person. Depending on the ailment the majority of people notice positive results after the 2nd to 3rd treatment. The treatment plan will be an ongoing discussion between you and Marie to ensure your satisfaction.

Can I claim on my health insurance?

In France an increasing number of health insurance plans (mutuelles) include osteopathy in their plans. Please check with them to see how many treatments are covered and in some cases the percentage reimbursed. Marie will give you a receipt on payment at the end of the treatment for you to send to them.

If you have any further questions which are not covered in the FAQs above please don't hesitate to contact Marie Maubouché-Tinniswood.