What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an established, recognised medical discipline, which uses it’s unique skills in diagnosis and treatment, for problems related to altered mechanics, function and posture.

Osteopathy uses it’s detailed knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human body to identify faults which may have occurred by injury or mechanical stress.

This allows the osteopath to not only treat the symptoms but the underlying cause of the complaint.

Osteopathy uses a combination of osteopathic soft tissue massage, joint mobilising and manipulation to treat a number of conditions. Stretching, strengthening or mobility exercises may also be prescribed as well as advice on posture, diet, ergonomics and lifestyle.

Osteopathy – A Recognised Therapy

Osteopathy is now an accepted part of physical medicine.

In 1993 the term osteopath became legally protected, like doctor and dentist. This means that only practitioners who meet strict guidelines and standards, set by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) are allowed registration and can call themselves osteopaths.

Osteopaths have completed a four year full time course at a recognised college of osteopathy in order to meet these standards.

The First Osteopathy Consultation

The first consultation will take about 45 – 60 minutes. The osteopath will want to know details about your presenting complaint and a thorough case history will be taken. This will include questions on your general health, previous illnesses, your lifestyle and family medical history.

The osteopath will then want to conduct a physical examination and for this you may be asked to undress to your underwear.

You will normally be taken through a range of movements and the osteopath will perform a detailed examination of the function of the relevant area of your body.

More specific clinical tests may also be undertaken. After the examination the osteopath will explain the findings to you and if appropriate a suitable course of treatment will be prescribed.

Sometimes additional investigations may be required. These can include blood or urine tests and perhaps x-rays or scans. It is usual that you will be referred back to you doctor at this stage.

Your Osteopathy Practitioners

Ian Stuart
Michelle McWilliam
Amelia Butterwick
Lewis Osborn

Osteopathy Fees

Associate Osteopath Fees

£50 Initial Consultation – (45-60 minutes)
£40 Follow up Treatments – (30 minutes)

Principle Osteopath Fees

£60 Initial Consultation – (45-60 minutes)

£45 Follow up Treatments – (30 minutes)

Consultations and treatments by appointment only


Payments are made at the end of each treatment session or consultation. We accept cash, cheque, debit or credit card.

Our Secure  iZettle Reader takes chip, swipe and contactless payments from all major credit cards, as well as payments through Samsung Pay, Apple Pay and Android Pay.


We are recognised by all major insurance companies and we may bill directly some insurances, including Bupa and Cigna, if you provide us the following details prior to your first consultation:

  • Your name, address and date of birth

  • Insurance policy or membership number

  • Pre-authorisation number for treatment

  • Number of treatments authorised