Yes, osteopathy is an extremely safe form of natural healthcare, as it supports the body’s own healing and self-repair mechanisms.
It is safe for all ages, from babies through to the elderly.
The minimum qualification for an osteopath is completion of a four-year degree, which includes at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice.
Osteopaths are registered allied health professionals within the UK, held to clear standards of practice by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
New Patient 1 hour £50
Follow-up 40 minutes £50
Mum and Baby Special £80 – An appointment for you and your baby. (Baby to be under 1 year old to be eligible).
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment please allow as much notice as possible so we can offer the slot to other patients.
If you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment the clinic may still charge you for the full appointment fee.
During your first appointment I will listen to your story and take a detailed case history of the current problems and any past significant events such as injuries and illnesses, and medical treatment history. If you have a prescription or have results of any medical imaging or investigations then bringing them with you is very helpful.
I will carry out a thorough examination of the whole body, as well as the area causing a problem. It may be necessary to ask you to undress to fully examine an area, so wearing suitable underwear, leggings/shorts and/or a vest top is a good idea.
I'll discuss my findings with you and recommend a course of action to take, usually including some osteopathic treatment that day and home management advice.
Sometimes I will recommend a referral to another health professional such as your GP, to help you get the best care possible.
Treatment often includes soft tissue work (massage), gentle stretches and joint articulations (movements), and cranial osteopathy. Wearing loose, stretchy clothing is helpful so that you feel comfortable throughout.
After treatment at the end of the appointment, home exercises may be discussed, and any necessary follow up appointment will be booked.
You are welcome to bring a relative, friend or chaperone with you to any of your appointments. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
No. I can treat your child in a position that is comfortable for them.
It isn’t realistic to expect a child to remain still in the way an adult could during treatment. My treatment of children often takes place while they are being engaged in quiet play, or being read to. If your child or baby has a favourite toy, or book, bringing it to the appointment may help keep them entertained.
The number of appointments you’ll need is individual to you and varies person to person, however I will always outline a treatment plan with you during your consultation, and review it at each session.
Significant improvement in acute symptoms is often felt after the first 1-2 sessions, but further appointments may be needed to get you fully back to your normal activities.
New Patient consultations last 1 hour to allow me time to listen to your story and take a detailed case history, as well as performing examination and treatment*
During follow-up we don’t usually need to gather as much information, as we already have it from our first appointment, so the follow-up session is shorter, focusing on treatment to make you feel better.
* We do our utmost to provide treatment at the first consultation, however occasionally due to time constraints or when medically indicated to be inappropriate, treatment may not be possible.
No there is no need to have a referral from your GP, although if you are on any medication or have had any medical tests/imaging (x-rays, MRI’s etc) then it is useful if you can bring the prescription list, as well as any test results with you to your osteopathic appointment.
Many health insurance companies do cover osteopathy, but each has it’s own set of requirements so please check with them that you will be covered, and let your osteopath know that you want to use your insurance cover.