Clinic hours

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

 

Appointments

Advance booking is necessary as the diary generally fills up each day. 

 

See ‘Contact & Book’ section for details on how to book.

 

Fees

Initial (first) consultation                                         1hr      £75

 

Follow-up treatments                                             30m    £45

 

Mother & baby/child (both follow-up’s)                1hr      £75

 

 

Payment

Appointments should be paid for on the day of the treatment. 

 

We accept cash or cheques.  

 

If you have private health insurance then we request that you pay us directly, we will provide a receipt so that you can then reclaim fees from your insurance company.

 

Cancellation

We often have a waiting list for appointments, so request your co-operation in giving us as much notice of cancelled appointments as possible. The full fee will normally be charged if 24 hours notice of cancellation is not given.
 

What to expect on your first visit

The first consultation lasts one hour with follow up treatments lasting a half hour. I will take a detailed case history including the symptoms you are suffering at present, when they started and how they affect you in your every day life. You will be asked detailed questions about your general health, accidents and trauma that you have suffered in the past, your past medical history including illnesses and operations, dental treatment (especially extractions and orthodontics), and any other relevant areas of health such as emotional stresses you are suffering or have suffered in the past.

This is followed by a full examination and treatment. I will look at your body, assess your posture and observe how your spine and other joints move. Getting the patient to perform simple range of movements is known as ‘active testing’ which demonstrates the range of movement you are capable of under your own control. Any appropriate tests, such as taking your reflexes or blood pressure may be performed.

We then progress to gently placing hands on various parts of the body to assess general health and any particular strain patterns. This is known as palpation, and in osteopathy our palpation is like reading a book, and we try to quietly 'tune in' to the body to allow it to reveal aspects of its health state. I will also move various body parts through their range of movement whilst you are relaxed, this is known as ‘passive testing’. From this we make our holistic diagnosis.

The examination and treatment are both very gentle. Some osteopathic manipulations may be used during the treatment. All parts of the body are considered because the cause of a problem is often some way away from the area of symptoms. For example do not be surprised if you come in for headaches and find the osteopath spending a great deal of time releasing stresses and strains in your pelvis.

An osteopath tries to get a complete picture of you as a person, when and why your health started to go wrong. By understanding the true cause of the problem (which may have been something like a car accident 20 or 30 years ago), the cause of the problem can be treated, which is so much more effective than simply treating the effect (i.e. the symptoms) - when it is likely that the problem will recur in the future.

Osteopathy is a truly holistic system of health care. I will discuss my findings with you, and outline a treatment plan. Where possible I will try to give you an idea of how long the treatment will take. You may be given advice about lifestyle or exercises that you can do to help the treatment.

What should you wear? You will probably be asked to undress down to your underwear for the examination. Fully undressing is not always necessary on subsequent visits, but loose clothing or sportswear (i.e. leggings) is easier and more comfortable for us to work with than heavy tight jeans and thick belts. 

Children - We welcome children to the practice, and every effort is made to make the practice as child-friendly as possible. Toys and books are available in the waiting room, but if your child has a favourite book or toy please feel free to bring it along. Parents should be prepared to entertain their child during treatment. Young children do not have to lie down for their treatment, and can often sit on a parents lap and play with toys or read. Babies may be fed (breast or bottle) whilst they are being treated as long as mother is comfortable with this. It is a good idea to prepare a child for treatment, how this is done will vary depending on their age but it may help to tell them in advance that treatment involves having their head and body touched. 

I will always endeavour to help you understand each stage of the consultation and gain your consent to ensure you feel comfortable with your treatment. The majority of patients are indeed very comfortable with the treatment process. However, I recognise that patients vary widely in their sensibility with regards to their state of undress, being touched, or discussing personal information, feelings and emotion. For example, some patients struggle with the thought of being undressed in front of a stranger, perhaps due to their religious beliefs, or possibly because of emotional distress/anxiety. The dignity and respect shown to my patients is paramount and so I will always encourage you to discuss any concerns you may have, so that they can be incorporated into the way your consultations and treatments are tailored.