FAQs

Below is a selection of frequently asked questions. If there is anything further you would like to ask us about please contact us directly.

At the first consultation, the osteopath will compile a full case history of your symptoms, as well as asking for information about your lifestyle and diet. The osteopath may also observe you making some simple movements to help them make a diagnosis. You will usually be asked to remove some clothing near the area of the body to be examined.

Osteopaths are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly-developed sense of touch, known as palpation, to determine conditions and identify the body’s points of weakness or excessive strain. Osteopathy is a ‘package’ of care that includes skilled mobilising and manipulative techniques, reinforced by guidance on diet and exercise.

The osteopath will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively. If the osteopath thinks that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will be advised about how to seek further care. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP.

Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, repetitive strain injury, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries. Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders without the use of drugs or surgery.

Common problems osteopaths treat include:
• Back and neck pain
• Muscle tension and pain
• Disc injuries
• Sciatica
• Sports injuries
• Post traumatic injuries including whiplash
• Shoulder conditions including rotator cuff syndrome
• Arthritic pain and joint stiffness
• Treatment and rehabilitation after minor injuries
• Postural and tension headaches

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety.

All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

Most patients ‘self refer’ to an osteopath for treatment. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners.

Yes, there is free parking outside the clinic.

8am- 7pm Monday to Friday. Saturday 8am- 12noon

Park Avenue South Clinic: Highgate (Northern line) or Finsbury Park (Victoria/ Piccadilly Line)

Hornsey (Overground)

No, there is partial access with some steps leading up to the clinic.

As with any medical examination, you will probably be asked to undress to your underwear, so please wear something you are comfortable in.

Yes – if you wish, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment

Yes, we now accept Debit cards, cash or cheque. (exluding American Express)

We are covered by several insurance companies but it is always best to check with your provider first as there are differences in insurance policies.