What to Expect

Osteopathy in the UK is a recognised allied healthcare professon, it is different from conventional medicine. It is a hands-on manual therapy that uses hands-on techniques to assess and treat the body. We may also use some adjuncts to treatment such as, ultrasound, electrotherapy, vibration, acupuncture and taping.

Most people who see an osteopath do so for help with musculoskeletal pain (Muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments) or other problems related to muscles and joints.

You can ask as many questions as you want, the last thing we want is for you to leave us thinking; what was that about?

Your first visit will take approximately one hour and will include: Taking a comprehensive case history

  • In order to pinpoint the cause of your problem / condition, we will listen to the history of your problem / condition and ask you a number of questions related to it. We will be happy to explain the questions and reasons for asking them.


Clinical Examination

Observation of Posture and Movement



In order to accurately assess the area to be treated, you may be asked to
remove a certain amount of clothing. You will need to wear something you are
comfortable in (sensible underwear or shorts). Patients may bring a chaperone
to any treatment.


Why do we need to assess you undressed?

  • Observation: of posture and movement (looking at how you stand and move). Part of your assessment will be observations. We need to see the area causing your problem. We look for obvious deformities, changes of posture, lumps, bumps, cuts, bruises, grazes, scars, skin blemishes, swelling and discolouration.
  • Movement: we will ask you to move the area causing your problem, all within the limits of pain and discomfort to assess how much you can do for yourself pain free; this can also give us an indication of the cause of the problem.


Clinical testing:

  • A variety of targeted tests may be performed to determine which tissues are affected and to what extent.
  • Clinical testing of muscles, joints and nerves (looking for possible causes or consequences of your problem).
  • We will give you a full explanation of findings and an honest opinion of what we have found clinically.
  • We will offer treatment and recommendations or referral (as appropriate).

On occasion, in order to arrive at a working diagnosis, more investigations may be necessary, such as, X-Ray, Scans, Blood tests or an opinion by your GP or a specialist.


Is treatment painful?


Provocative clinical testing by its nature is designed to recreate the problem. This type of testing is sometimes necessary to confirm the diagnosis, and may cause discomfort.


Patients with certain conditions, may experience short duration soreness and or stiffness after recieving treatment. This is a normal treatment reaction and we will advise patients how to manage this by giving self-care advice.


We ask that patients lets us know if we are causing discomfort during treatment and we will adapt our treatment to suit.


Follow up treatments take approximately 30 minutes.


How is the time allocted?

In the initial consult, most of the time is given over to case history taking, clinical investigations and assessment, with time allowed for formal treatment if appropriate. As you can imagine, some cases are more complex than others. Depending on the complexity of the case, we make take more or less time to carry out our investigations. We also have to write up our notes within the time allowed.


For follow up treatments; we will ask about how you felt in the 24 hours after treatment and in the intervening time between treatments, as well as asking about changes in presenting symptoms. We will re-examine the area to be treated and offer treatment as necessary. We also have to write up our notes within the time allowed.


Treatments may expand or contract depending on what is necessary by way of treatment. You are allocated a time slot. In discussion with you we will do what is necessary in that time slot.  Some people react quicker than others when being treated. We take care not to over treat. The average time taken for an initial consult is 45-60 minutes. The average time for a follow up appointment is 20-30 minutes.



All sessions are £60. 00


We do not charge extra for the initial consult we allow the extra time in order to take the case history and carry out clinical examination.


Payments can be made by cash, cheque, credit or debit card, bank transfer or via some medical insurance companies.

Where to find us

Orchard House Health

50 The Drive





01923 845333





Sessions During  Covid-19




(Nick & Tom)

09.00 - 18.00





(Nick & Tom)

09.00 - 18.00




(Nick & Tom)

9.00 - 18.00




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09.00 - 17.00



Morning by arrangement (Nick)






For all appointments Call

01923 845333

To make an appointment or to check availability please call 


01923 845333



all sessions are £60 per session.

To make an appointment, to check availability or for information please call                                   01923 845333 

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