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 what we believe is causing your symptoms and the best course of action to be taken. We will be feeling for changes in your muscles and joints, assessing your posture and the way you move.

Following the examination we will normally start the course of treatment. We will use a wide range of gentle hands on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. We may then provide advice or exercises to do at home before the next appointment.

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

What are your fees?

Osteopathy Initial Consultation and Treatment £65, Follow Up £50
Chinese Acupuncture Initial Consultation and Treatment £75, Follow Up £55
Sports Massage £55
Reflexology £50, Reflexology Top to Toe £65
Craniosacral therapy £65 (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 a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

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, but please check with your insurer for details of your policy. Please call our receptionists to book an appointment as not all of our practitioners are registered with all health insurers.