No. The majority of patients ‘self-refer’ for treatment from the Osteopath. However, to ensure you have the best possible care, it is advised that you inform both GP and the Osteopath so that your medical records are updated and complete.
Osteopaths working within the NHS are limited, however, more and more services are becoming aware as commissioning authorities are noticing the benefits provided to Osteopathy patients. For more information regarding this question speak to your local GP or health services or look onto the NHS website.
By law all Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOSC). Any persons who called themselves an Osteopath without being registered results in a criminal investigation and a heavy fine. The website provided by the GOSC is also for the general public to use and find out information regarding Osteopathy. The register on the website provides a list of the registered Osteopaths and their current locations.
Alan Johnson is a registered Osteopath and insured with the institute of Osteopathy.
Appointment times can vary depending on the clinic and the complexity of the initial complaint. The first appointment can take around 45-60 mins with subsequent treatments lasting 30 minutes.
The first consultation involves the practitioner taking a detailed case history, followed by a examination and treatment (if patient is suitable for Osteopathic treatment). At the end of the first session, aftercare advice is given by the practitioner. Before this session starts, a medical questionnaire and consent form must be completed. During the examination process the practitioner would recommend the patient to dress down to their underwear (depending on the area of complaint) to assess for postural dysfunction, tissue tone, spinal curves, swelling, heat etc. A gown will be provided for patient comfort also during the examination process or alternatively the patient can wear something more fitting (legging, vest, gym top). Treatment always depends on the patients current wellbeing, presenting complaints and diagnosis. The patient will at all times be fully informed on the techniques used during this session, the benefits it provides and the possible post-treatment soreness that may happen over the course of the next 48 hours. Aftercare advice is given at the end of treatment which may involve the use of stretches, exercises, ice and heat. If the patient is not suitable for Osteopathic treatment, then the practitioner will direct them on the appropriate path.
A complaints procedure is put in place in all practices to address patients concerns. If the concerns are about the professional conduct or competence of the Osteopath, then it is advisable that you firstly voice your concerns with the Osteopath. If you are unable to resolve the issue to a satisfactory level with the Osteopath or clinic principle, then the next step is to inform the general Osteopathic council who will take you through a formal complaints procedure.
Undergraduate students will undertake a four or five-year Master’s degree course in Osteopathy. Completion of 1000-1200 clinical hours must be taken as well as academic studies and a final clinical competency examination. Once qualified Osteopaths must regularly update their training by completing 30 hours of CPD each year.
Prices are £43 per treatment.

First treatment will take around one hour as we like to take a detailed case history to get to the root cause of the problem. Follow-up appointments around 30-45 minutes depending on the complexity of the symptoms present.

No, there may be discomfort throughout the treatment if the patient already has pain and presenting symptoms. There will be tenderness on some of the areas the Osteopath may be working on (tight spasmodic muscle, tender spinal joints etc.).