The services you offer will depend on the type of clinic you intend to run. The size of your premises and the amount of money you have available for starting up may dictate the extent of the services you are initially able to offer.
Osteopathic treatment can be effective for a number of different complaints, such as:
- postural problems brought about by pregnancy, driving or work
- back pain
- repetitive strain injuries
- sports injuries
- infantile colic or sleeplessness
As well as treating your patients' complaints, you are also likely to provide information which will help recovery and prevent further problems in the future. This may include specific exercise programs, orthotics or general guides to improve posture and reduce pain. You may decide to offer cranial osteopathy, which can be used to treat various complaints, including ear infections, asthma, sinus problems and dental work stresses.
Aside from osteopathic treatment, you may decide to offer related services like acupuncture that could broaden the appeal of your clinic.
If you are suitably qualified, you may also offer an animal treatment service, as osteopathy is just as effective on animals as it is for humans.
When deciding on the opening hours for your clinic, bear in mind that it will be difficult or impossible for some of your patients to attend your clinic in normal working hours. You may decide to open on weekends or late in the evenings for a couple of days a week to accommodate these patients. You may also decide to offer home visits.
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It is important for the financial well-being of your business as well as for the safety of your patients that the clinic is run in a professional manner. Patients will be put off by shabby premises and there may be health and safety implications if equipment is poorly maintained. Prominently display your qualifications so that patients are reassured of your professional competence.
Standards of patient care
The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) publishes Osteopathic Practice Standards which outlines the required standards to make sure that patients receive high quality care and are protected from harm. You can download this publication from the GOsC's website.