FAQ Osteopathy Darmstadt

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The following should be brought to treatment:

  • Your towel - please large enough for you to lie on comfortably
  • if necessary toys for your baby/child (but we have enough in the waiting room)
  • Socks / slippers (to protect the parquet floor in the practice rooms, street shoes must be taken off)
    for hygienic reasons we do not walk barefoot - therefore please bring socks with you
  • the fee in cash (no EC-card payment possible)
    The approximate fee will be sent to you by e-mail with the appointment confirmation.

You come to the practice with your newborn, infant, toddler about 10 minutes before the start of treatment. This allows the child to relax and you too.

The treatment process is very gentle so that the baby can let go of the stress and the tensions in the fluidum can be relieved. It often happens that the babies cry, because this is the only way for the little earthling to communicate and relieve stress.

Don't worry, your baby is not alone or untouched at any point during the treatment phase. On the contrary, I am with your baby during the entire treatment with all my heart, full attention and mindfulness. I have been successfully accompanying newborns, unborn babies and already growing toddlers for 17 years now and have access to a large pool of experience. Your baby will not be caused any pain at any time during the treatment. Your baby/toddler can let go and relax under my gentle hands during the osteopathic treatment.

Initial consultation for anamnesis for adults/adolescents
For this consultation you should be in my practice approx. 10 minutes before the appointment and bring all the previous findings that have been made so far for the symptoms for which you have made the appointment.

This includes if available:

  • CT, MRT, ultrasound
  • Lab results
  • Medical history questionnaire (you can either download it from the download area or fill it out in the practice. In this case, please come 20 minutes earlier so that you can also fill out the questionnaire in the practice in peace).
  • the fee is to be paid in cash

You will receive an appointment confirmation from me by e-mail. In this email you will find all the important information, such as the approximate amount of the fee, the treatment contract and the medical history questionnaire, as well as what else you should bring to the treatment. If there are still questions for you, please contact us again.

Follow-up treatments adults/adolescents/children

For the follow-up treatment, please bring the following:

  • Towel
  • comfortable clothes in which you feel good and have freedom of movement
  • Socks/Stockings
    in my practice street shoes are to be taken off in the entrance area. For hygienic reasons it is NOT allowed to walk barefoot, so please bring socks, stockings or slippers to the treatment
  • the fee, the approximate amount of which was communicated to you by e-mail with confirmation of the appointment

In general, my osteopathic treatment is rather painless and gentle and lasts about 45 - 60 minutes in my treatment room. Depending on the appointment and treatment effort. However, you should plan about 90 minutes for an appointment with me, because you should be in my practice about 10 - 20 minutes before the appointment and also spend a little time in the waiting room after the treatment, for example, to drink a cup of tea or a glass of water and get back to everyday life after this relaxing treatment.

In the run-up without exact anamnesis it is difficult to say how many treatments are useful or necessary.
This is exactly why we have the initial consultation, in which we ask you about your medical history. During this initial consultation we will also determine the most suitable therapy plan for you. In any case, after approx. 4-5 treatments, a visible reaction of your body should take place. Depending on how this turns out, the further course of treatment and the required number of treatments will then be determined.

Preventive treatments are of course excluded from this. If you would like to take osteopathic treatments as a preventive measure to maintain your current state of health, then every 8 - 12 weeks would be a good rhythm for osteopathic treatments. Some health insurances reward this preventive measure by covering the costs proportionally.

Osteopathy is a purely private service.
Some health insurance companies now cover a proportion of the costs of osteopathic treatments.
Under which conditions your health insurance company does this, I can not answer here. Please inform yourself in advance about the conditions under which your health insurance company will cover treatment costs proportionally.

Almost all health insurances only cover the costs of osteopathic treatments if they are carried out by a state-approved osteopath.

I have a solid education at Sutherland College, which is state accredited, and I am a member of 2 professional organizations.

 

I calculate my fee on the basis of services rendered according to the maximum rates of the GebüH(GebüH1985-Heilpraktiker)

The fee is due and payable in cash immediately after the appointment.
You will of course receive an invoice/receipt with all the necessary details for submission to your health insurance company. Some health insurance companies require a letter of recommendation from the family doctor, please enquire about this with your health insurance company.
The receipt/invoice will be sent to you electronically by e-mail with password protection.

Please understand that I charge a handling fee of €5.00 for fees that are not paid in cash but by bank transfer for the additional administrative work. If you wish to have your invoice sent by post, we will be happy to do so for €5.00 extra per invoice.

As a patient in our practice, you will receive your receipt/invoice by e-mail via an encrypted link to your own personal download area, which can only be accessed with a PIN. All receipts that have been digitally created for you are stored there. Only you have access to this area. You should therefore keep the PIN carefully and also the access link or the e-mail with the link. However, if you delete these e-mails and lose access, you can request a copy of your invoice from us. We can then only issue a copy. This is required by law.

Please understand that we charge a processing fee of € 5.00 / invoice for creating the invoice copy. The invoice copy will then be sent to you by post.

The duration of an osteopathic treatment is difficult to predict exactly because it depends on how your body responds to the treatment.

Here at this point I can offer you a guideline, but it is by no means binding.
Initial consultation: at least 60 minutes
Follow-up treatments: 40 - 50 minutes
For a treatment, if you have not been in my practice for longer than 3 months: 60 minutes.

IMPORTANT: my fee is not calculated according to the time spent, but according to the treatment carried out.

all osteopathic techniques, as I am a state-approved osteopath and have successfully completed a 5-year all-encompassing training.

I decide which technique will bring the best results in your case after a detailed initial consultation in which the medical history is also taken and the osteopathic examination is carried out.

Allow enough time for the appointment. Wear comfortable clothing with enough freedom of movement. Drink enough liquid in the form of water or tea before and after the osteopathy treatment. Come to the practice about 10 minutes before your treatment appointment and enjoy our calming atmosphere in the waiting room. With us, the treatment already begins in the waiting room.

You will receive all further information on how you can contribute to the success of your treatment during your treatment appointment.

The best way to prepare for an osteopathy appointment is to try to be at the practice about 10 - 15 minutes before the appointment starts. This helps to relieve stress in advance. Bring comfortable clothing in which you feel well and have enough freedom of movement. Drink enough liquid (tea, water) before the treatment. Water and tea are available free of charge in our waiting room.

You should generally allow time for an osteopathic treatment in my practice.
Both before and after your treatment.
Basically, the more rest after an osteopathic treatment, the more your body benefits from the treatment, the faster the regeneration process can start and the self-healing powers are reactivated.
It is important that you drink enough fluids, in the form of water or tea, because after the osteopathic treatment all the dissolved waste products have to be flushed out. If you drink enough fluids, the feeling of over-acidity similar to sore muscles will be alleviated.

Please pay the fee in cash immediately after the appointment.
You will of course receive a reimbursable receipt with all the necessary details for submission to your health insurance company.
It is NOT possible to pay by EC card.
Please understand that for payments by bank transfer we charge Euro 5.00 for our additional time.

You simply submit my invoice conveniently by e-mail to your health insurance or supplementary insurance. If you have statutory insurance, send your medical recommendation together with my invoice to the health insurance company when you receive your first osteopathy treatment.
How much your health insurance will cover depends on your health insurance and your personal insurance tariff.

In order to know in advance how much your health insurance company will reimburse, please check your insurance documents or ask your health insurance company/supplementary insurance.

In general, any doctor, regardless of his specialty, can write a prescription/referral/recommendation for osteopathic treatment.

As a rule, after 4 - 5 osteopathic treatments an improvement of your complaints should occur. Sometimes it goes faster. Sometimes it takes longer, it is not possible to say exactly beforehand, because every body reacts differently and chronic diseases from experience take longer to get lasting results.

How many treatments and at what intervals these should take place, can only take place after a detailed anamnesis. For this reason, there is the initial consultation in my practice, in which I take the detailed anamnesis, osteopathic examination and based on the anamnesis and examination, the optimal treatment plan for you is created and the treatment intervals are determined. These can vary in the course of treatment, depending on how you respond to the treatment.

After osteopathic treatment, the body works at full speed to adjust physically and nervously to a new inner balance due to the impulses that have been set. Patients therefore report on a physical level transitionally again and again a "pulling" or "pinching" even in places that have not previously caused any discomfort. On the nervous level you will notice a clear relaxation and your need for sleep may be increased.

At the first appointment, a detailed medical history is taken, the diagnostic examination and the preparation of the treatment plan. There is no treatment during the first appointment.

Generally speaking, the earlier you start osteopathic treatments, the better. You can read more about this here on this website under the menu item treatments. Also in old age there is no upper limit. Osteopathy can strengthen or reactivate the self-healing powers at any age.

Ideally, the osteopathic treatment causes a reaction of the body immediately after the session, which in individual cases can mean an initial worsening. Afterwards, there is usually an improvement after 1-3 days. If the symptoms persist after treatment or if you are unsure about your symptoms, please contact me.

Initial worsening with osteopathy

Pulling similar to sore muscles, swellings, can occur depending on the focus of treatment. From time to time, pain can be perceived as intensified for a short time. In rare cases, vegetative reactions such as increased sweating, increased fever, dizziness, nausea, circulatory irritations and blood pressure fluctuations may occur.

Osteopathy is a gentle treatment method and is individually adapted to the respective needs of the patient. Therefore, there are usually no contraindications or contraindications for treatment. Any risk factors will be clarified with you personally at the beginning in a detailed medical history discussion.

Chiropractic uses treatment techniques that are similar to osteopathic techniques. The main difference is that in chiropractic sometimes stronger levers are used to release blockages, which can be painful and is not suitable for certain clinical pictures. Chiropractic techniques can be helpful in individual cases, but they do not replace the holistic osteopathic examination and treatment with its thorough investigation of the causes.

Some doctors, alternative practitioners and physiotherapists occasionally use osteopathic techniques, for example to release individual blockages. The methods used in such cases represent an excerpt of osteopathy as taught in courses of short duration. If one compares this with the duration and scope of a complete training in osteopathy, it is obvious: Osteopathic techniques can be helpful in individual cases, but they do not replace the holistic osteopathic examination and treatment with its thorough investigation of the causes.

Due to my years of experience and patient satisfaction, my patient base has grown and the volume of patients has increased. Therefore, I was prompted to change some things in my practice organization, so that I can devote myself exclusively and with full attention to my patients. For this reason, I ask for your understanding that I am only personally available for you at the time of your treatment appointment. My team around me works perfectly together and enjoys my full confidence.

We have automated many administrative processes. Therefore, it is also important that you always read through the emails you receive from us to the end, so you usually get many questions answered in advance.

How do you get to your appointment? - You have several options.

  1. Pleas book your appointment online on my website under the heading: *BOOK ONLINE*.
    There you will also find a video on how online booking works and what you should keep in mind.
    IMPORTANT: You also have the opportunity during the booking process under NOTES to leave messages for my team that are important. If applicable, also that your appointment is an EMERGENCY. In that case we will try to bring your booking forward, mostly we try to treat EMERGENCIES on the same day. You will help my team if you let us know at the booking stage which days of the week you are available to come into the surgery and at what times. This allows my team to react quickly and find the right appointment for you without spending too much time.
  2. Appointment request via contact form
    in this case please use our contact form here on this page: CONTACT (<- klick)
    also in this case, the more conscientiously you fill out this form, the more information my team has and the faster you will receive your appointment.
  3. Message on the answering machine 06151 15 90 911
    As already mentioned, neither I nor my team answer the phone personally. For this reason, it is really important that you clearly leave us your name, the reason for your call, as well as your telephone number. It is perfect if you also leave us callback times, so that my team can reach you right away at the first callback attempt - or, if necessary, can also send you appointment offers by e-mail right away.

At this point, it is important for me to mention once again that during the operation of the practice, we primarily value a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Therefore, we try to automate administrative processes as much as possible in advance, so that we can guarantee exactly this relaxed and calm atmosphere. I would like to thank you in advance for your understanding that my team and I would like to use the time available to us for working with and on patients and not for administrative work that could be automated.

Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation!

with me, the treatment already begins in the waiting room. Please be in my practice about 10 minutes before your treatment appointment.

Why?

  • You have time to arrive...
  • Stress can be relieved
  • they go into the treatment more relaxed
  • so I can more easily find and treat the deeper tensions and blockages that are the cause of your symptoms.

Ingeneral, I would like to say the following about appointment cancellations:
On this point I thank you for an uncomplicated and human interaction. I try to keep the treatment costs as low as possible. Have you made an appointment and cannot keep it? Please take responsibility. In the interest of other patients, cancel the appointment immediately, but at least 48 hours before the appointment.

Cancel your appointment only by telephone. You can leave a message on our answering machine. This is available 7 days a week around the clock.

I run an order-only practice. The appointment is fully reserved for you. If I cannot reschedule the appointment, costs will be incurred! I am sure you will also be pleased if you can get an appointment for treatment in my practice as soon as possible. By cancelling your appointment in time, you give another patient the chance to be treated quickly. (Because of the high volume of patients, I keep waiting lists and have automated many administrative matters. )

My practice is now very well organised and administrative matters such as scheduling, cancelling appointments, making appointments are now automated so that I can devote my full attention to my patients.

You can find all further information on the subject of cancelling appointments HERE

The most common symptom of body dysfunction is pain. The pain can have its cause in the place that the patient feels or other structures are responsible for it, which can be located in a completely different place in the body. Manual techniques are used to treat the various tissues or organs to restore the best possible mobility and function. This also involves regulating circulation via the blood vessels and innervation via the nervous system.

All organs and tissues are mechanically and circulatory connected with each other. Mechanically via fasciae (connective tissue) and circulatory via nerves, hormones and the circulatory system.
The fascial system (connective tissue) is a fine tissue that wraps around bones, muscles, nerves and internal organs much like fishnet stockings. So if something pulls on a fascia at the top of the body, that pull comes at the bottom and vice versa. So a blockage in the upper part of the body can lead to pain in the back or knee joints, for example. Fluid congestion, joint blockages or muscle tension can thus lead to a variety of complaints (pain) throughout the body.

Procedure of an osteopathic treatment after the first consultation

Also in the follow-up appointments, the personal conversation is at the beginning of each treatment, so that I can get an idea of how you respond to the treatment. Osteopathic treatments are very gentle with me, i.e. I mainly treat your fluidum (cranio sacral system). Therefore, I can never make an exact statement about the duration of treatment, because I treat until the fluidum has been brought to flow again.

Follow-up treatments adults/adolescents/children

For the follow-up treatment, please bring the following:

  • Towel
  • comfortable clothes in which you feel good and have freedom of movement
  • Socks/Stockings
    in my practice street shoes are to be taken off in the entrance area. For hygienic reasons it is NOT allowed to walk barefoot, so please bring socks, stockings or slippers to the treatment
  • the fee in cash (no EC card payment possible).
    The approximate fee was communicated to you by e-mail with the appointment confirmation. Please understand that I can not tell you the exact amount of the fee before treatment, because I charge according to GebüH and the actual treatment effort. There are no flat fees in my practice.

In general, my osteopathic treatment is rather painless and gentle and takes about 45 - 60 minutes in my treatment room, depending on the type of appointment and the amount of treatment. However, you should plan about 90 minutes for an appointment with me, because you should be in my practice about 10 - 20 minutes before the appointment and also spend a little time in the waiting room after the treatment, for example to drink a cup of tea or a glass of water to get back to everyday life after this relaxing treatment.

Generally speaking, I can never say exactly how long a treatment will take, because it depends on your body and its reaction to the treatment. Therefore, the information below are now *guidelines* and not a binding statement.
In addition, my fee is NOT based on time spent but on treatment time.

Initial consultation/first appointment:
At the initial consultation I will take one hour for you. The same also applies if you have not been to me for treatment for more than 3 months.

Follow-up dates:
Follow-up appointments are usually a little shorter 40-50 minutes. The time frame depends on how well your body and thus your self-healing powers respond to the treatment. This depends on your age, how long they have been absent or even how long the symptoms have been there.

With me, the treatment already begins in the waiting room. It is important to me that you are there about 10 minutes earlier, so that you arrive and some stress can already flow off. After the treatment you are welcome to stay in the waiting room for a while and let the treatment fade away.
You will find water, tea and above all peace and quiet in my waiting room.

Therefore you should plan 60 - 90 minutes for an appointment with me.

Osteopathy sees itself as a complement not an alternative to conventional medicine.
Osteopathy has its limits where the self-healing powers of the body are not sufficient to allow the organism to recover. Severe and acute illnesses can be treated concomitantly. However, they belong in the care of a conventional doctor.

In the case of structural changes in organs or joints (e.g. cirrhosis of the liver, arthrosis), osteopathy can alleviate symptoms and improve the patient's quality of life by improving metabolism.

Other limitations of osteopathy:

  • life-threatening emergencies (heart attack, stroke,...)
  • acute infections (bacteria, viruses, parasites,...)
  • open wounds, fractures...
  • mental illnesses

The treatment by an osteopath with many years of qualified training, whose fees seem to be higher, is on balance the cheaper investment in your health.
I have 17 years of experience exclusively with osteopathy and know exactly where to start with my treatment and do it to the full extent. (Not like some therapists who only apply a partial segment that he has learned in a weekend training).

The classical osteopathy training takes 4-5 years part-time (with approx. 1300 hrs.) if you are already a doctor, non-medical practitioner or physiotherapist. In case of initial training 4-5 years full time. This means that osteopaths have an intensive training path behind them and have also completed it in a qualified manner. Osteopathic professional associations (e.g. the VOD, HPO) guarantee this high standard of training for their members, because these associations pay attention to regular further training. This way is connected with high training and further education costs.

Of course, there are now also weekend courses where doctors and therapists can learn individual osteopathic techniques. However, these are by no means a substitute for the intensive training period in osteopathy, as they are then always only fragments of an overall concept.

I would like to give you a little thought impulse here on the way:
Would you entrust your sick child to a first-year medical student? Even though you know that there are paediatricians who specialise in this?

For 17 years now, I have specialised exclusively in osteopathy and have been able to gain sufficient experience over these many years. I am a full member of two professional associations, regularly participate in annual professional training and charge my services at the maximum rate according to the fee schedule for non-medical practitioners, I do not differentiate between patients with health insurance or private patients.

Yes, I have several experts with many years of experience working in my practice.
Thus, in addition to osteopathy, the following forms of therapy or consultation are offered in my practice to support you on your way:

  • Bodywork according to Friedrich Wagner
  • Energy path work according to Friedrich Wagner
  • Dorn-Breuss method
  • Cranio-Sacral Therapy
  • meditative yoga
  • Nutrition Coaching
  • special fascia training

State-approved osteopath

Osteopathy is considered to be a medical science and may therefore only be practised by doctors or non-medical practitioners without restriction.

In Hesse, the regulation of a further training and examination regulation in the field of osteopathy (WPOOsteo) came into force in 2008. Anyone who has completed the further training prescribed by this ordinance and passed the state examination is granted permission to use the further training title "state-recognised osteopath/osteopath". The fundamental significance of the title protection is that anyone who has completed the prescribed further training and passed the examinations may call themselves an "osteopath".
I have completed and passed the 5-year training at College Sutherland in Schlangenbad and have been licensed as a state-approved osteopath for 10 years.

Yes. For pregnant women, I work with gentle methods to protect the little life inside you. Treatment can positively affect common symptoms during pregnancy and prepare you for birth as a preventative measure. Learn more HERE->

As a non-medical practitioner I am not bound by instructions. Therefore, I do not need a prescription to treat you.

This is only necessary if you want to submit the costs to your statutory health insurance. Some statutory health insurance companies now cover the treatment costs on a pro rata basis. In most cases, you will need a prescription or a letter of recommendation from a doctor. Please ask your health insurance company whether they will cover the costs proportionately and whether you need a prescription/letter of recommendation for this.

Please bring the following with you to your first treatment appointment = initial consultation :

applies to ADULTS/Youth:

  • Preliminary findings such as: Blood values
  • Imaging materials: X-rays, CT, MRT
  • Socks or slippers

For infants/toddlers:
to the above listed documents please

  • Examination booklet
  • Accompanying person, so that I can conduct the anamnesis interview with mother/father alone.

Important, the initial consultation serves exclusively to take a medical history and to make a diagnosis. Treatment is not carried out during the first visit.

For each follow-up treatment:

  • Towel to lie on
  • comfortable clothing, so that you can relax and enjoy the treatment
  • Socks - even if you are warm. In my practice the shoes are to be taken off. For hygienic reasons, however, you will NOT walk barefoot.
  • Treatment costs in cash (no EC card payment possible)
    for treatment costs that are not paid in cash, but by bank transfer, an additional 2.50 Euro administration fee will be charged, as bank transfers are more time-consuming.

This is not possible.
Osteopathy may only be provided by a therapist if he or she has a permit according to § 1 Heilpraktikergesetz(HeilPrG). This also applies if the therapist only works on the basis of a medical prescription. The practice of osteopathy is therefore reserved for non-medical practitioners (physiotherapists with an unrestricted licence to practice as non-medical practitioners). I have set up my own practice as a non-medical practitioner with state-recognised training as an osteopath.
Osteopathy is in principle a private service and is billed by me according to the GebüH(GebüH1985-Heilpraktiker). I no longer have a health insurance license for physiotherapy.

Osteopathy is a holistic form of treatment. An essential component of osteopathy is the craniosacral system .
Cranio-sacral therapy, the treatment of the functional connection between the skull and the sacrum of the body via the spinal cord skin, is always included in osteopathic training and the treatment concept.

The cranio-sacral system is treated in almost every treatment. Depending on the symptoms, after the initial consultation with a detailed anamnesis, it is decided which treatment is best for you. If necessary, this can also mean that only the cranio-sacral system is treated in one session.

Learn more HERE ->

Osteopathic treatments at regular intervals as a preventive measure are quite sensible.

Osteopathic treatment and diagnosis can detect dysfunctions before they become noticeable complaints or visible changes in posture. Fatigue, loss of performance, tiredness, malaise, etc. are often the first signs that appear as harbingers of many diseases. For this reason, osteopathy can also be used preventively to keep your body healthy.

An osteopathic treatment once a quarter can be a sensible preventive measure to help your body maintain its health. Talk to your health insurance company. Preventive measures are usually subsidized by health insurance companies. Many health insurance companies even cover preventive measures up to 100%.

What is the best way to reach the practice?

By telephone - Tel.: 06151 15 90 911
You can leave your message on our answering machine. We usually respond (call back, e-mail, SMS) during the day.
It is important that you clearly state your name, the reason for your call AND times for calling back so that we do not try to reach you many times in vain. This saves immense time and gives us therapists more time for our patients.

via email:
You can also send us an email. Please only use the form provided for this purpose.
You will find it when you CLICK HERE

Every treatment cycle in my practice begins with a detailed anamnesis interview. I will ask you about your complaints, and it is very important to me that you describe your complaints in your own words. The personal interview is particularly important to me, because I am really interested in WHERE it hurts you. Since when you have had the complaints and I am interested in your personal immediate environment, because that is where the causes of your tensions can be found. I am therefore less interested in the diagnoses that have been made in advance.

I am much more interested in your history of illnesses, accidents and possibly operations. Your profession is just as important for me. Factors such as stress, heavy physical work, leisure activities, and much more. I try to get as complex a picture as possible. Then follows the physical examination. Thereby I feel your very special and indiviudell tension pattern in your body. Depending on where I have felt disturbances in your body balance, the individual treatment plan is then created.

Initial consultation to take a medical history for adults/adolescents/infants.
For this consultation, you should be in my practice approx. 10 minutes before your appointment and bring with you any previous findings that have been made to date for the complaint pattern for which you have made the appointment.

This includes if available:

  • CT, MRT, ultrasound
  • Lab results
  • Medical history questionnaire (you can either download it from the download area or fill it out in the practice. In this case, please come 20 minutes earlier so that you can also fill out the questionnaire in the practice in peace).
  • the fee is due in cash after the appointment. (No card payment possible)

What happens organizationally:
You will receive an appointment confirmation from us by e-mail. In this e-mail you will find all the important information you need for your visit to our practice. For this reason it is very important that you read this e-mail to the end. If there are still questions for you, please contact us again.

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