Initial consultation (45 – 60 minutes) £45
Follow up appointment (30 – 45 minutes) £35
No, you don’t need a referral from a GP, as osteopaths are primary contact health care practitioners. Just get in touch for an appointment, however the British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners’ states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.
Your initial consultation may last up to one hour. This will enable your osteopath to take a thorough history, examine and depending upon your condition, treat you.
Follow-up treatments are usually shorter depending on your condition it can take between 30-45 mins.
An initial consultation includes taking a thorough case history, including details of the current complaint(s), previous injuries, current and past general medical health and a systemic screen (where we check your body systems are all ok). All information will be treated as confidential in accordance with standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the Data Protection Act 1998.
Once this is complete, if appropriate, your osteopath will examine you. This includes observing posture and active/passive movements as well as using specific tests to formulate a diagnosis.
Your osteopath will explain what the diagnosis is, how they aim to treat it and ensure you are happy about it before treating.
Treatment will begin at your first appointment – you may experience mild discomfort afterwards, but in most cases this will resolve within 24 hours. If you have any concerns about your treatment, we encourage you to discuss these further with your osteopath.
Follow up treatments involve a chat about your progress and thoughts since your last treatment. It is important to alert your osteopath if there are any changes to your health, medications or symptoms.
A follow up examination is completed at every appointment to monitor your progress between treatments. This is often shorter than at initial consultation, unless the complaint has changed.
In order to assess a patient, you will be required to undress to your underwear. In some circumstances some clothing may be worn but it is best to assume that you will be required to undress. It is best to wear appropriate underwear that you are comfortable in.
If you are uncomfortable undressed to this level, please bring a pair of shorts or loose fitting clothing. For women a strap top is best, so that it can be moved to see your back.
The health risks associated with having osteopathic treatment are extremely low, if you have any concerns about the safety of your treatment your osteopath will be happy to discuss these with you.
Our aim is to help you to feel better and generally there should be a relief from pain after treatment. On some occasions, and while the body goes through its own process of readjustment, you may feel a little sore for up to 48 hrs, after which there should be noticeable improvement. We will always encourage you to give us feedback during & after treatment.
The nature and number of treatments will depend on your diagnosis and how well you respond to treatment. Your Osteopath will monitor your progress and keep you informed throughout so that you understand approximately how many treatments you may need or how long your recovery is likely to take.
All patients are welcome to bring someone with them to their consultation and treatment. In the case of under 18’s a parent or guardian over the age of 18 must always accompany them to an appointment.
After your first treatment, we will suggest that you rest. This helps avoid any further stress to the damaged area and shows us how you are reacting to treatment without any other influences.
Later, when you are recovering well, we may suggest some exercises to keep you mobile. In general, we prefer you to keep as active as you can and – where possible – to keep up your daily routine of work and other activities. Researchers have found that people who can keep their normal routine get better quicker than those who rest completely.
We will also advise you on ways to improve your posture and movement at work
Many private health insurance schemes give benefit for osteopathic treatment. Some companies will reimburse the total fee or pay a percentage of the costs. Contact the helpline of your insurance company who will explain the actual benefits and methods of claim for your individual policy.
I recently visited Bodyworks as I had been suffering with lower back pain for a few weeks.
As the pain was bearable I thought I would wait and see if it would go on its own, like many of us do. Working at a desk all day was making matters worse and as I was about to compete in a fitness competition, I booked in for treatment with Alix.
Alix was thorough, friendly and professional. The treatment I received wasn’t painful in the slightest and even though I was treated 2 days before the competition, I felt no back pain throughout, thanks to the information and techniques Alix had discussed with me. The treatment was very insightful, throughout Alix explained the techniques used and why.
I went in with high expectations (yes I expected Alix to have magic hands and fix my back pain) but Alix surpassed my expectations, it’s been 2 weeks since my treatment and I’m yet to notice the pain I previously felt. I highly recommend Alix and Bodyworks, I couldn’t have asked for a better service.
Suzanne, age 29
As a 6 day a week gym bunny, pole fit, adult gymnastics and Insanity enthusiastic; I’ve encountered my fair share of muscle tightness and soreness, strains and beyond. Even as someone with an educated fitness background, there’s no shame in admitting when you need some help getting over a current or a historic injury.
I’m pleased to say Alix has helped me with both. Having seen Physio’s, chiropractors, sports massage therapists, I can honestly say that Alix is the only practitioner to ever get to the route of the problem. Her techniques are so gentle – I couldn’t believe they would work; until a couple of days after treatment, when I felt like a new person.
Alix gave me exercises and stretches to do and after only a few treatments I was completely better. Alix has addressed a recent strain in my shoulder, fixed a niggling back issue, and has aligned my hips and body which has allowed me to train even more effectively than before. She even worked her magic and I now no longer get migraines! Thoroughly recommend Alix and her practice to anyone suffering any kind of pain or restrictions.
Zoe age 31
Having suffered from a bad back and leg problems for the last 20 years, I had all but given up on ever getting any better, let alone any improvement. I was recommended by a friend to visit Alix and I am so glad that I did !
From being unable to walk any reasonable distance in the last two years, since visiting Alix over the last few weeks I am now able to walk long distances without the pain and discomfort I have suffered all these years.
The friendly and professional attitude of Alix puts you at ease knowing that you are being looked after by someone who really knows their stuff !
Having suffered with back problems for over twenty years, Alix has succeeded in getting rid of the constant pain and stress that I have had to put up with for all this time.
Kurt, age 42
I have been suffering from lower back pain for many years since a riding accident. I have seen many chiropractors and physios but none that has really helped me.
I visited Alix in March 2016, it was a very welcoming visit, she explained to me I had a herniated disc. I was in a lot of pain, within a week from seeing Alix the pain had receded and within 3 weeks the pain had gone and my back felt better than it had for a long time.
I would highly recommend Alix at Bodyworks Osteopathy for a professional and friendly service. I am confident in Alix’s abilities and knowledge in whatever case presents.
Lisa age 37