Osteopathic Clinic & Practice in Kettering, Northants

New Patients

Typically osteopathic treatment uses a range of manual techniques that include everything from soft tissue massage to joint manipulation and cranial osteopathy. The treatment will depend on both the ailment and the condition of the patient.

ResultsUsually on first consultation the osteopath will take a detailed case history followed by an examination of the patient. The patient may be asked to undress down to their underwear in order for the practitioner to note postural disturbances & strain patterns. This may be followed by assessment of ranges of movement of particular joints in order to diagnose a condition.

A typical first appointment will last 30 minutes, although we do ask new patients to arrive a few minutes early to read through our information sheet and to sign a simple form. treatment will usually commence during the first appointment session if the osteopath feels that this is appropriate. Please bring details of any medication that you are taking, as well as any relevant test, scan or x-ray results. You may, of course, bring a vest top and a pair of shorts to put on if you feel that this would help you feel more at ease during the examination. You may also ask a friend or relative to join you if you wish to be accompanied throughout your treatment.

ResultsAfter formulating a diagnosis the osteopath usually discusses their findings with the patient before commencing any treatment. Advice and exercises will be offered when appropriate. The osteopath will also give the patient a prognosis of their condition, including the number of treatments that are likely to be required.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

This depends on many factors including your specific condition, general health, age, diet, lifestyle and complying to exercises and stretches. Most patients feel benefit from the first couple of visits, and subsequent treatments are used to tackle the root cause and prevent re-occurrence. The treatments may then gradually be spaced out to provide long lasting relief.

Unlike some professions, Osteopaths will examine your condition before and after every treatment, and will then discuss when to book in again. There will be no pressure to ‘bulk buy’ treatments, and your prognosis will be discussed after every treatment.


How Long Do Appointments Last?

In general, treatments take about 30 minutes. We ask you to arrive a few minutes early for your first appointment, as we will give you and information sheet to read and sign, prior to your osteopathic consultation and treatment.

Does Treatment Hurt?

Treatment is generally non invasive and pain free. The Osteopath will provide you with advice on pain management using stretches, exercise and general management advice for your problem. Most patients will feel a reduction in their pain following their first treatment.

Are Your Treatments Safe?

Osteopathy has one of the best safety records of any medically related profession. Osteopaths are trained to recognise a wide range of conditions and when not appropriate to treat with osteopathy, a referral to another medical professional can be made if required. We are registered and regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and are governed by the Osteopaths Act (1993) which prodies regulation in a similar manner to those in place for doctors and dentists.

How Much Does It Cost?

Each appointment costs £43. Unlike some practices we do not charge more for the initial consultation, and we do not ask patients to book and pay for a course of treatment in advance. Treatment may be covered by some private medical insurance policies. If you wish to claim on such a policy, please be advised that we ask patients to settle their accounts with us at the time of treatment, and will provide a fully documented receipt to enable this to be settled directly between the patient and their policy provider.

Can I Use Health Insurance?

Most of our treatments will be covered by health insurance policies but it is best to check with you insurance provider first as individual policies may have exemptions. We ask patients to settle their accounts directly with the practice at the time of treatment. This allows patients some flexibility of choice of practitioner and location of treatment, and avoids the problem of policy excesses having to be implemented. We will provide a fully itemised receipt at the end of all treatments, to ensure that the claim can be settled directly with the policy holder.

Do You Offer Home Visits?

We do not offer home visits, as we have found that a more thorough examination and treatment is delivered in a clinical environment. If a patient is too acute to attend the practice, we are happy to offer advice and support over the telephone until the patient is mobile enough to attend for examination and treatment.

Can I be Referred By a Doctor or my GP?

You don’t need a doctors referral to visit us as we are a private practice, but many GPs will make referrals to us.

Do You Issue Off-work Certificates?

Where appropriate, yes. We issue Off Work Certificates as provided by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). These are accepted by employers and the DSS for benefit purposes, and are now referred to as ‘fit notes’.

How Can I Make an Appointment?

We only accept appointments that are confirmed by phone or made at our premises. You may call us weekdays between 8.45am and 6pm on 01536 512927. Outside of these hours you can leave a message on our answer phone or fill in the Appointment Request Form on this website – we will then call you back to confirm. NB. No appointments will be accepted unless we confirm them verbally.

32 Headlands

Kettering

Northamptonshire

NN15 7HP

Tel: 01536 512927