Osteopaths see people of all ages, including children, pregnant women and elite athletes.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
Osteopathy can have beneficial effects for variety of muscle and joint conditions. It is a person centred approach that strives to provide the optimum conditions for health by working with your body’s own healing mechanisms to achieve results. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
Musculoskeletal problems are common and often painful and debilitating. Our osteopaths are happy to discuss your concerns as part of a routine examination and will discuss your treatment options with you.
What to expect
At the start of your first session, your osteopath will take time to listen to you and ask questions about your symptoms, diet, general health, medication, activities and lifestyle. This will help them to make more accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment plan for you to consider. All information you provide is confidential.
It is likely the osteopath will ask you to remove some of your clothing for the examination. Tell your osteopath if you are uncomfortable about this. Towels will be provided. You can also ask a friend or relative to accompany you and be present throughout your treatment.
You will then be asked to make simple movements and stretches so that the osteopath can observe your posture and mobility. Because of the body’s structure, pain or stiffness you are experiencing in one part may be linked to a problem elsewhere.
Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle hands on techniques to treat. Treatments vary between patient depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis, but may involve for example skilled manipulation of the spine and joints, massage of soft tissues, stretches and exercise . Your osteopath will explain what they are doing and will always ask your permission to treat you (known as consent). Ask questions at any time if you are unsure what you have been told or if you have any concerns.
Self-help measures and advice on exercise may be offered to assist your recovery, prevent recurrence or worsening of symptoms.
It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. The osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to make any changes to your treatment plan.
Osteopathy appointments are available at our newly refurbished clinic in Yattendon Monday to Friday.
We also provide a limited amount of treatments at Bradfield College Sports Centre.
The cost of each consultation is £45 payable on the day to your practitioner.
Private Health Insurance:
If you would like to use your health insurance to cover the cost of treatment please speak to your practitioner prior to your visit to check that they are registered with your insurance company. It is patient’s responsibility to obtain authorisation for the treatment from the insurance company thereafter.
The payment is required by the patient for each visit and receipts will be provided so you can reclaim the cost of your treatment from your insurance company directly.
Cancellation of your appointment on the day of your appointment or failure to attend will incur a full charge for your appointment.
Because of the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore in the first 24-48 hours after treatment. Your osteopath will explain any likely reactions and provide you with the appropriate advice.
If you have any concerns it is important to contact the osteopath and ask their advice.