About Osteopathy

Osteopaths provide safe, effective treatment and care to promote the health of patients. We use manual therapy alongside health and exercise advice, tailored to the needs of the individual.

Osteopaths are highly trained healthcare professionals, with expertise in the musculoskeletal system – that is the muscles, joints and associated tissues and their relationship with other systems of the body.

We work closely with other healthcare professionals such as consultants, GPs and physiotherapists. People of all ages come to see us from babies to the elderly.

Cranial osteopathy

What Osteopaths do

Osteopath massaging abdomen

Osteopaths will use a wide variety of gentle hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension, improving mobility and optimising function, together with providing useful health advice and exercises if required.

We will also work with, or refer you to, other healthcare professionals as needed to ensure you receive optimum care. We take the time to understand each patient and your unique combination of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. This helps to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your issue, not just addressing the site of discomfort, and formulate a treatment plan with you that will achieve the best outcome.

Training and regulation

Osteopaths are regulated by law and recognised as an allied health profession by NHS England. This gives us a similar status to dentists or physiotherapists and guarantees the equivalent high level of care.

By law, an osteopath must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) to practise in the UK.

Before an osteopath can obtain registration, they must attain specialist degree-level training, either a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) or an integrated Masters (MOst.), plus complete over 1000 hours of clinical placements.

To maintain registration with GOsC, which is renewed annually, osteopaths must meet mandatory continuous professional development (CPD): keeping skills and knowledge up-to-date and maintaining high standards of professional development.

Osteopath examining patient's shoulder

What can you expect when visiting an osteopath?

Osteopath examining knee

At the start of your first appointment, your osteopath will ask you questions about your medical history and lifestyle, as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing. This is very important as it will help us to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment.

We will write down what you tell us in your records. These will be treated as confidential in accordance with standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Your osteopath will need to examine the areas of your body causing discomfort and sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain. For example, pain in your lower arm may be linked to the nerves in your neck, so we may need to examine your whole body. We will need to feel for any tightness in the muscles and stiffness in the joints and may need to touch these areas to identify problems.

Your osteopath will make a diagnosis and discuss a course of treatment with you. This may involve further visits for manual therapy – a range of gentle hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and improving mobility. Together with exercises that you can do at home and helpful advice designed to help you relieve or manage your pain, keep active and maintain the best of health.

We will usually begin your treatment at your first appointment, but sometimes you may require further tests first i.e. blood tests or scans. If we diagnose an illness that we are unable to treat we will refer you to your GP or another appropriate health professional.

What do osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths are commonly known for treating back pain and postural problems but people also visit us for a variety of other health reasons including neuromuscular conditions such as sciatica, digestive issues, headaches and migraine prevention. You can visit us without the need for a GP referral.

Osteopaths are trained to check for signs of serious conditions we cannot treat.  In these circumstances, we will inform you of what we believe the problem is and refer you to see your GP or to the hospital for further investigations.

Our patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people.

Osteopaths are able to treat:

  • Arthritic pain
  • Circulatory problems
  • Cramp
  • Digestion problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Joint pains
  • Hip and knee pain
  • General, acute & chronic back and neck pain
  • Minor sports injuries
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neuralgia
  • Tension and inability to relax
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Sciatica
Osteopathy for shoulder pain

FAQ

How much do osteopathy appointments cost?

Osteopathy appointments with Nadine are £55. New patient consultations with Hannah and Lauren are £55 and follow-up appointments are £50.Please be aware that you are paying for the osteopath’s expert opinion; this includes a referral to your GP or another healthcare professional if treatment is deemed inappropriate and unsafe.

Do I need to see my GP first?

You don’t need to see your doctor first before coming to see us. However if you are wishing to pay for your treatment through medical insurance, some companies will require you to see your GP first.

Does osteopathy hurt?

Osteopathic treatment is usually a very gentle process. Some soft tissue treatment may cause discomfort but your osteopath will tell you what to expect, and will want you to let them know if you are in any pain. You may feel stiff or sore for a short period after treatment; this is a normal, healthy response and will usually go away within 48 hours.

What should I wear?

As with any healthcare appointment, it may be necessary for your osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing so we can see and touch the areas of the body causing you concern. We want you to feel at ease so if you feel uncomfortable undressing to your underwear, we suggest wearing clothing such as shorts and a t-shirt, or close-fitting sports garments.

Will my medical insurance cover osteopathy?

Many medical insurance companies cover osteopathy. Please check with your provider before booking an appointment, this is your responsibility. Do let us know so we can provide the appropriate receipts for treatment.

Can I bring a friend or relative?

You are more than welcome to ask a friend or relative to accompany you throughout your appointment. Children under 16 should always be accompanied by a chaperone.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you will need depends on the condition and person we are treating. We aim to keep your appointments to a minimum and will offer advice and exercises you can do at home to speed up your recovery.

Are osteopaths insured?

All osteopaths are required to have Public Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance. All our practitioners are insured with and members of the Institute of Osteopathy.

What training do osteopaths have?

Osteopaths in the UK will study for four or five years gaining a Bachelors or Masters degree upon completion and must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). To check if an osteopath is registered you can visit the GOsC website at https://www.osteopathy.org.uk/