What happens on my first visit?

On your first visit the osteopath will take a detailed case history from you. It is important that the osteopath gets a clear and full picture of what you and your body has experienced even over many years, so you might be asked questions that may seem irrelevant to your present condition.

The osteopath will then examine you and evaluate your problem, looking at your posture and movements and feeling the quality and tone of your tissues. The examination may require you to undress to your underwear. The osteopath will then give you a diagnosis of your problem and explain a treatment plan for you. Treatment is mainly carried out using manual techniques such as soft tissue massage, stretching tissues, articulating and manipulating joints. These are usually backed up with exercises and advice on posture and lifestyle where appropriate.

Osteopathy is suitable for patients of all ages from new born babies to grandparents as treatment is tailored to suit the needs of the individual.

What are your fees?

Please note that payment is by credit/debit card, cash or cheque or by Health Insurance. Please give at least 24 hours notice of cancellation so that the appointment may be offered to another patient, otherwise a cancellation fee may be charged. Most health insurance schemes cover Osteopathy but often the insurance company require you to be referred by your GP before starting treatment. Please check with your insurers for full details of your policy.

What training and regulation do Osteopaths have?

Osteopathic training is demanding and lengthy and includes studying anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics and clinical methods during a 4-5 year honours degree programme. This wide ranging medical training gives the osteopath the skills to diagnose conditions and decide when and if osteopathic treatment is appropriate.

All osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council whose main role is to ensure that osteopaths are safe and competent to practice. To this end osteopaths have to complete a minimum of 30 hours on Continuing Professional Development each year to keep them up to date in all areas of practice life.

What are your opening hours?

We are open:

Monday 09.00am – 5.30pm

Tuesday 9.00am – 5.30pm

Wednesday 9.00am – 2.30pm & 6.00pm – 8.00pm,

Thursday 9.00am – 5.30pm

Friday Practice is normally closed

Saturday: 9.00am – 1.00pm

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an established and recognised method of diagnosing and treating strained or damaged tissues in all parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. While osteopathy uses many of the diagnostic procedures involved in conventional medical assessment, it also assesses you from a mechanical, functional and postural viewpoint to get a clear view of why you are in pain and having problems at this time.

Through treatment aimed at your individual needs, an osteopath seeks to bring balance to your body as a whole, allowing the natural healing ability of your body to work to restore efficient function and reduce your pain and disability.

Osteopathy dates back to 1874 and since this time it has grown throughout the world. In the UK alone over 20,000 people, every working day, benefit from osteopathic treatment covering a myriad of conditions.

How many treatments will I need?

Treatment is tailored to individual needs. We will give you an indication after your first visit and examination how many treatments are likely to be required. For some acute pain two to four treatments may be sufficient, longstanding conditions may need more time. An average of four to six treatments is common.

Can I have osteopathy on my medical insurance?

Most health insurance schemes cover osteopathy. The insurance company may require you to be referred by your GP before starting treatment. Please check with your insurers for full details of your policy.