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Osteopathy Services

Private Osteopathy Services at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayrshire.

Whether you’re feeling sore from arthritic pain in your hip joint, you can’t turn your head or neck, or you’re suffering from back pain, a private osteopath could be just what you need.

At BMI Carrick Glen Hospital, you can see an osteopath fast to help you start to feel better quickly with more mobility, increased movement, and less pain.

Our friendly hospital is in an accessible location off the A77, has free parking, and our consulting rooms are on the ground floor, so you won’t need to tackle any stairs.

We see patients from all over Ayrshire and further afield, including Dumfries and Galloway.

As experts in the human musculoskeletal (MSK) system, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and associated tissues, osteopaths provide effective treatment and care to promote health and restore and balance in the body.

Osteopaths are very patient-centric and tailor treatment to each individual’s needs using a combination of manual physical therapy (using their hands to stretch muscles and tendons), health advice, postural advice and exercises.

They work with the body, making things as painless as possible. The most common areas our osteopaths see are back, neck, and joint pain, headaches and migraines, and discomfort from arthritis.

Osteopaths are occasionally confused with physiotherapists, with whom they often work closely. Osteopaths undertake a complete screening process and focus on the muscles and soft tissues within the body. They take a ‘whole body’ approach and often use articulation and manipulation techniques to help reduce pain and increase movement.

All our osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), which regulates them to practise in the UK. Regulation means the NHS recognises osteopaths as allied health professionals. They have a similar status to dentists and physiotherapists and guarantee the equivalent high level of care.

Most people self-refer to see our osteopaths. We also accept referrals from GPs, physiotherapists and consultants.

When you arrive at the hospital, it won’t be long before your osteopath comes out to greet you and lead you to a private consulting room.

They will ask you questions about your general medical history, lifestyle choices, and the symptoms you have to provide a diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment.

Your osteopath will examine the area of the body causing your discomfort and other parts of your body. Pain in one area can often relate to or come from another site (referred pain). For example, pain in the lower part of the arm is usually caused by a problem in the neck. They will also check your reflexes and will spend time observing your movement.

Your osteopath will go through your posture with you, how you’re standing and sitting and give you recommendations that could help stop the problem from recurring. Many issues stem from how people stand or sit, such as sitting down too much at a dining room table or on the couch hunched over a laptop. If you don’t address the reasons behind your pain, the pain will likely return.

A diagnosis is often provided at your first consultation. Your osteopath will discuss it thoroughly with you. If they think further investigations would be helpful, they may refer to a consultant or your GP to get more information before treating you.

Your osteopath will tell you what they think is causing your pain and discomfort and the most suitable treatment for you.

The earlier your osteopath sees you, the more they can do to help in a shorter timeframe. You may also need to help yourself and change some of the things you’ve been doing over some time. For example, they may give you exercises, and postural advice designed to help relieve and manage your pain.

Your osteopath may advise treatment, which often involves manual therapy like soft tissue massage and stretching of the muscle, improving mobility and movement, and reducing pain. It’s similar to a soft-tissue massage but consists of stretching and lengthening muscles, which can feel quite different.

Your osteopath will make sure you are comfortable at all times and will explain everything they are doing so you have a complete understanding.

If more than one session is required, your osteopath will let you know, and you can make a booking at our reception desk. We don’t make large block bookings and only treat you if required after each session.

If treatment suggested is or includes physiotherapy, your osteopath can refer you to our experienced, Chartered Physiotherapists.

If you have an area of your body that is hurting, you’ll want to relieve the pain fast. You can see a private osteopath at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital within a few days and get a diagnosis and treatment plan on the same day.

Our osteopaths can advise many kinds of treatment to improve your mobility and reduce your pain. They can also refer you to another specialist or consultant, such as a physiotherapist or orthopaedic surgeon if they think you would be better off under the care of someone else.

Ways to pay

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Pay for yourself

Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and six months of aftercare.

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We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code.

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Pay for yourself with monthly repayments spread over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)

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