Do I need a referral from my GP?

Many people are referred to an osteopath by their GP or another healthcare provider. However, as osteopaths are registered primary healthcare practitioners, you can make an appointment directly, without a referral.

Are you registered with any healthcare companies?

Yes we are registered with all healthcare companies.

What should I expect from my osteopath?

Find out more about what to expect from your osteopath.

What should I bring?

It is useful to bring along your current prescription of medication, any x-rays, scans or other test results.

To ensure your comfort, it is recommended that you wear loose clothing or bring a pair of shorts to change into.

Please arrive a few minutes prior to your initial appointment time, as you will need to fill out some paperwork.

Your osteopath needs to obtain your consent to examine and treat you, and you will be asked for your verbal consent after your osteopath has explained the examination which is required and again after making the diagnosis and advising you of the treatment proposed.

You may be required to sign a consent form, dependent on the examination and treatment required.

You are welcome to bring a chaperone.  If so, during the pandemic, we require their contact details for pre-screening purposes.

Can I bring a chaperone?


You are welcome to bring a chaperone.  If so, during the pandemic, we require their contact details for pre-screening purposes.

How long are the osteopathy appointments?

The initial consultation takes an hour, which provides us with the opportunity to listen and consider issues that may seem unrelated, yet are crucial to a patient’s wellbeing.  Subsequent appointments are 30 minutes.

What happens during my osteopathy appointment?

At your first consultation, you will be asked questions about your presenting complaint and symptoms, as well as your lifestyle and medical history, including any injuries or trauma, any medications that you take, and possibly questions that may not seem directly related to your problem. As osteopaths, we take a holistic patient-centred approach which helps us to consider the underlying cause of your symptoms and direct or clinical examination.

Your osteopath will then conduct a clinical examination, observing your posture and assessing your mobility by asking you to perform some simple movements.

The examination may also include diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological testing.

As osteopathy takes a holistic approach to treatment, your osteopath may look at other areas of your body, in addition to the one that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore knee, they may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back.

It may be necessary to remove some of your clothing for your osteopath to examine and treat the appropriate areas. It is a good idea to bring shorts, leggings, or loose-fitting clothes if you are not comfortable being in your underwear.

Your osteopath will then use their refined sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any areas of strain and weakness. Once a diagnosis has been reached, a treatment plan will be developed with you.

Osteopathy is patient-centred, meaning the treatment is geared towards you as an individual, as there isn’t a set treatment for a set condition. Treatment may include gentle techniques, such as soft tissue massage, stretching, manipulation or cranial osteopathy, with the focus on setting about the process of restoring healthy function to the whole body. Your osteopath may also provide advice to help manage your condition between treatments. This may include giving you exercises to do at home or at work.

Do osteopaths treat babies and children?

Yes, osteopathy is suitable for babies and children.  Your baby’s first visit may take up to an hour, and you will be asked about your pregnancy, the baby’s birth and medical history.

You may need to undress your baby to his or her nappy for the osteopath to make an assessment. Once a diagnosis is made a treatment plan will be made with you.

Subtle, gentle cranial osteopathic techniques are often used for babies.

Very young babies can stay on their mother or father’s lap and may even be fed during treatment if they are hungry. Some babies are so relaxed during treatment that they fall asleep!

For older babies and children there are plenty of books and toys for them to play with during treatment and the osteopaths are very used to treating toddlers on the move! You might like to bring a favourite toy or snack if you think it might help them to settle.

Older children and teenagers might find the description of an adult treatment more relevant to them. Osteopathic treatment may be helpful during exam studies to relieve muscle aches and joint stiffness as well as to recover from an injury

Do I have to pay for my initial consultation if osteopathy isn't suitable?

No, you do not have to pay for the initial consultation should your problem be assessed as not suitable for osteopathic treatment.

Pandemic FAQs

What are your Coronavirus guidelines?

You can find our guidelines here.

What should I expect from my appointment during the pandemic?

Here is a useful video from the Institute of Osteopathy about what to expect when you visit an Osteopath during the current Covid-19 pandemic. 

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