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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy finely tunes body structure to restore the muscles, joints and ligaments to a state of balance. This restoration of balance and maintenance of good structure and therefore function is essential for symptomatic relief.

Osteopathy can help patients of all ages and degrees of fitness to achieve relief from pain and stiffness, whether recent or longstanding. Most of the techniques are very gentle and are always tailored to ensure patient comfort, effectiveness and safety.

There are two main types of osteopathy, cranial and structural.

What do I need to wear?

Wear suitable comfortable clothing such as leggings, shorts, vests or t-shirts for your appointment.

How much is it?

Adults will be charged £60 for the first appointment which lasts one hour and 30 mins then £50 for further one hour treatments. Children under 18 are charged £55 then £50. There are concessions for students and also if you can prove an affiliation to a dance or cheerleading school.

View more about pricing and insurance here.

How many treatments will I need?

On average research has shown 3-4 per problem, a recent clinic audit for the treatment of babies showed an average of under 3.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

No, although if you have private medical insurance sometimes it is a requirement – please check with your insurer.

Will I be treated at the initial appointment?

Yes, depending on your medical and problem history there should be enough time for approximately 25 minutes of treatment.

Will my private medical insurance cover osteopathy?

Yes, nearly all private medical insurers will pay for osteopathy but check your individual policy. Robert Ganpatsingh is a recognised healthcare provider for AXAPPP and BUPA.

Do I need to bring any medical reports or information?

It is not an absolute requirement but it can be very useful in certain circumstances. Please feel free to contact the Clinics if confirmation is required.

Can I bring a partner or chaperone?

Yes. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible before, during and after your appointment.

Will I be given an explanation of what is going on?

Yes absolutely. You will be given a working diagnosis and a treatment and management plan if and when possible.

Can you help with other problems other than low back pain?

Yes. Osteopaths are trained to diagnose and treat most problems in the body from head to toe.

Are there any side effects to treatment, will I feel sore or worse after?

It is quite normal to feel some soreness for 1-2 days after a treatment while your problem settles down and improves. If any post treatment pain persists for longer than 3 days contact Robert as soon as possible.

Can I give blood if I have had dry needling?

If dry needling has been performed outside of the NHS by a qualified healthcare professional registered with a statutory body (GOSC), you may give blood. But I would recommended you leave at least 48 hours in between.