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?


Payment is by credit/debit card, cash or by health insurance. 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.

Most health insurance schemes cover osteopathy, but often the insurance company require referral by your GP before starting treatment. Please check with your insurer for details of your policy.

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?

We are open:

Monday 3.00pm – 6.30pm

Wednesday 9.00am – 12pm

Friday 9.00am – 12:15pm

Saturday: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

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. 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.