Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need to cancel?

Please give at least 24 hours notice for cancellations of appointments.

Late cancellations and missed appointments will usually
still be charged the full appointment fee.

If you need to rearrange your appointment please call our receptionists on

0117 923 1138

Will I have to undress?

Osteopaths learn a lot about the stresses and strains acting on your body by observing your posture and what happens to it when you move.

We usually ask you to remove some of your clothing, often down to your underwear, so please do wear something you are comfortable in.

If there is any anxiety around this issue, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

You are welcome to have a friend or relative present during the appointment.

Can I bring someone with me as a chaperone?

You are welcome to have a friend or relative present during your sessions.

What to expect on your first osteopathic visit?

Taking a case history

During the first appointment, we will take a case history which includes questions about your symptoms, medical history and general health.

Physical examination

This usually involves us observing your posture and how your body moves so we will normally ask you to remove some of your clothing, down to your underwear. Please wear something you are comfortable in (swimming or cycling shorts, sports bra).

We may also perform additional tests such as feeling your pulses, taking your blood pressure and checking your reflexes. We have good working relations with other local healthcare professionals and where appropriate we will refer you for further investigations or other treatments.

We will discuss our findings with you and whether to proceed with treatment.


You will usually be treated lying on a treatment couch, using one or several of a variety of osteopathy techniques including:

  • Very gentle cranial osteopathy techniques
  • Releasing and relaxing muscles via massage techniques
  • Stretching stiff joints
  • Rhythmic joint movements (articulations)
  • Muscle release techniques
  • Spinal Manipulations

How long is an osteopathic visit?

First appointments last up to 40 minutes, while follow-up
sessions usually last about 30 minutes.

What should I expect after Osteopathic Treatment?

After an appointment with your osteopath you may feel stiff, sore or achy for a few days. This can feel similar to post-exercise soreness.

We recommend not doing anything too strenuous for 24 hours after your appointment, for example housework, gardening, heavy lifting, sports or shopping.

Please call us for a chat if you have any concerns whatsoever.

Why not give us a call

If you would like to find out how osteopathy could help you or to book an appointment, contact us on 0117 923 1138.

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