What happens on my first visit?

When you first visit us, we will ask you about your current symptoms and medical history. We will conduct a routine examination and discuss with you what we believe is causing your symptoms and the best course of action to be taken. As part of your consultation we will examine the areas of your body causing discomfort. It may be necessary to ask you to remove some clothing. You are welcome to bring clothing such as shorts, t-shirt or close fitting garments to enable us to work effectively without making you feel uncomfortable.

We will be feeling for changes in your muscles and joints, assessing your posture and the way you move. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, so we may need to examine your whole body. We will use a wide range of gentle hands on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. This is often used together with exercise and advice designed to help you relieve or manage your pain, keep active and maintain the best of health.

For further information please check out our What to expect page.

What are your fees?

Osteopathy Initial Consultation and Treatment £75, Follow Up £53
Chinese Acupuncture Initial Consultation and Treatment £75, Follow Up £60
Sports Massage £60
Reflexology £50, Reflexology Top to Toe £70
Craniosacral therapy £70 / 60 min, £60 / 50 min

Payment is by credit/debit card, cash, BACS, AXA or WPA health insurance. For all other insurers we can provide an invoice for a paid appointment for you to arrange reimbursement by your health insurer.

Most health insurance schemes cover osteopathy, but please check with your insurers for full details of your policy. Please note that not all of our practitioners are registered with all health insurers. Our receptionists can provide further details.

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.

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?

Our opening hours are shown on the Find Us page of this website.

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.

Note that we only bill for AXA or WPA health insurance. For all other insurers we can provide an invoice for a paid appointment for you to arrange reimbursement by your health insurer. Please check with your insurer that our practitioner is registered with them before booking.