frequently asked questions


Why Should I Choose Alison Judah Consultant Osteopath?


Alison has over 25 years' clinical expertise in clinical practice and has taught diagnosis and technique at under-graduate level. she offers a bespoke service tailor-made to each individual. She is passionate about helping people recover from trauma or injury and enjoys educating patients to understand the condition and help prevent future problems. She very rarely uses high-velocity manipulation (when you hear a click) as there are more effective and safer ways to treat a problem. With her senior level of experience, she is often referred cases for a 2nd opinion for people who have struggled to get a diagnosis.
 

Specialisation: Musicians and Singers and Public Speakers with Voice Problems

 

Is Osteopathy Safe?

Yes. All osteopaths are statutorily registered with the General Osteopathic Council. Osteopaths have very in-depth clinical training and are primary health professionals who can be consulted and diagnose and treat without a GP referral.  


How can I consult Alison? 

Face to Face Consultation at the practice in London or East Sussex or Remotely by video or Telephone.


What use would a video consultation be if osteopathic treatment is hands-on?

The hands-on treatment that Alison is known for is only part of her role, a large part of the examination in the clinic is observational. By video she will assess the clinical situation and give advice based on sound clinical judgement, this is done by listening, asking relevant questions based on the clinical picture and video examination and then giving appropriate advice /self-help treatment.
 

In what situation may I choose a video consultation over face to face.

During social distancing restrictions when face to face consultations are not possible due to safety.
When you may be unable to get to the clinic because of other commitments,
When you are in another part of the country or abroad working or on holiday.


What do I need to access video consultations? Is there an alternative to video?

A good internet connection (with a private video platform, not on social media) and in a well-lit room. Telephone consultations are also available.


Do osteopaths treat and advise on muscle tendon and ligament injuries?

Yes, Alison has many years of experience in treating muscular, tendon and ligament injuries.
 

I don’t like being manipulated (clicked), can I still have osteopathic treatment?

Yes. Alison very rarely uses high-velocity manipulation Alison has a wide range of techniques that she uses.
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I have osteoporosis can I still receive osteopathic treatment?

Yes. Alison is experienced in treating people with osteoporosis and can gently help to relieve the discomfort, spasms and pain associated with this condition. She can also help with advising on general lifestyle to deal with this condition and refers directly for scans to check bone density when appropriate.
 

Is there an upper / lower age limit for treatment?

There is no age limit at Alison's practice. Alison is qualified and experienced in treating all ages from newborn to ver elderly and everything in between. Treatment is bespoke and your treatment will be appropriate for you regarding age, medical condition and injuries you have.  
 

I Have Insurance Can Alison Invoice the Insurance Company Direct?

No sorry, each patient is responsible for your fees and we cannot invoice 3rd parties. You will need to pay the fee on the day of the consultation and you will be issued with a receipt that you can use to claim back the fees.
 

Can I Pay my Fee at a Later Date?

All Fees are payable at the time of consultation or for ergonomic assessment in advance.  The fees quoted reflect the on the day payment charge if fees are paid later then the higher charge of an increase of 10% is charged.

What is the difference between an Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor or Sports Therapist?  

Osteopathy is a unique clinical regulated profession. The Osteopath looks for the root cause of the problem assessing the injury in relation to the rest of the body not as an isolated part. Think of the osteopath as an engineer for the human body. Rehabilitation exercises are used, but after treatment, not in isolation. Xrays, MRI scans and Bone Density Scans may be referred for in the same as doctors do to confirm pathology, degeneration or anatomical abnormalities when appropriate. Osteopaths treat the whole body not just back pain.

Physiotherapists tend to focus treatment on the injured part alone, physiotherapists put great emphasis on exercise as part of the treatment and focus on muscular disorders. They also undertake rehabilitation after an illness such as a stroke.

Chiropractors tend to focus on the facet joints of the spine and make greater use of high-velocity thrusts ( when you hear a click) of the spine and use Xrays or scans as routine to look at spinal alignment.

Sports Therapists are trained to improve sports performance and to treat injuries when related to sport.


Could I go to a Massage Therapist for injuries?

Massage can be relaxing and can help with relieving muscular tension however it is a non-specific relaxing therapy, not a clinical treatment. If you are experiencing any pain, tingling, burning or swelling it is essential that you consult a health professional such as an osteopath who is clinically trained first.
 

What professional bodies does Alison belong to?

Statutorily Registered with the General Osteopathic council no. 2517
Registered Practitioner with the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine
Member of the Osteopathic Performing Arts Care Association
Member of the Institute of Osteopathy
Member of the British Voice Association.
Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine