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Osteopaths in Leicester

Osteopathy Consultation - £27

Osteopathy Consultation (with report) - £52

(New Patient) Osteopathy Consultation & Treatment - £60

Osteopathy Treatment - £39

Please CLICK HERE to read our New Patient Information Sheet if you are planning on making an appointment for Osteopathy at Absolute Health.

Your initial consultation involves taking a medical history, performing a postural assessment and an examination of the relevant parts of your body (you will be asked to undress). After deciding that a course of Osteopathy is suitable, your treatment sessions can be arranged at Absolute Health on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Most patients request both a consultation and initial treatment on their first session - please make this clear when booking so we allow enough time for both.

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Osteopaths specialise in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of certain musculoskeletal conditions, including offering guidance on diet, lifestyle and exercise. Osteopathy is classed as complementary therapy (not involving the use of surgery or drugs) which is often used alongside traditional medicines and procedures in the UK.

What Osteopathy treats

Osteopathy is most commonly used to treat conditions such as:

 •  Generalised aches and pains
 •  Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise.
 •  Arthritic pain
 •  General, acute and chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident).
 •  Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
 •  Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention
 •  Frozen shoulder / shoulder and elbow pain / tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
 •  Circulatory problems
 •  Cramp.
 •  Digestion problems.
 •  Joint pains, lumbago
 •  Sciatica
 •  Muscle Spasms
 •  Neuralgia
 •  Fibromyalgia
 •  Inability to relax
 •  Rheumatic pain
 •  Minor sports injuries and tensions

Osteopathy treatment

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) offers recommendations to the NHS for the treatment and care of people with specific conditions. In 2009, NICE issued clinical guidelines for "Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain". Their recommendations included Manual Therapy - "consider offering a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation [as performed by Osteopaths], comprising up to a maximum of nine sessions over a period of up to 12 weeks".

It is possible to be referred for Osteopathic treatment on the NHS - speak to your GP about this.

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About Osteopathic treatment

Most people choose to book a consultation and treatment on their first session - this takes about 1 hour, which allows time to take a full clinical/medical history and enables the Osteopath to make a diagnosis about your condition. Treatment options will be given and with your agreement treatment can be started on this first session.

It is usual to undress (down to underwear) to allow the Osteopath to fully assess your posture, spinal and joint alignment and to assess muscle and skin condition. You may be asked to perform certain movements to demonstrate the range of movement you have.

Your Osteopath will assess your spine in more detail, usually with you lying on a treatment couch, and perform movements throughout the spine to check for restrictions and areas of tenderness.

Osteopaths commonly stretch, massage and move the body in a variety of ways using a mixture of gentle and forceful techniques designed to reduce pain and swelling, improve movement and encourage the movement of blood to and from tissues and organs.

If you are uncomfortable being undressed, or prefer a chaperone to be present during treatment, please speak to your Osteopath who will try to accomodate your needs.

Follow-up treatments typically take 30 minutes and may be required weekly or fortnightly. Commonly, 4 to 6 treatment sessions are sufficient to deal with recent (sub-acute) conditions. Chronic problems may take longer to resolve, with some patients requiring on-going treatment (every few months).

Is Osteopathy effective?

In 2010, Bronfort and colleagues produced a report "Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report". The purpose of this report was to provide a comprehensive summary of the scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of manual treatment for the management of a variety of musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal conditions.

Their conclusions noted that "Spinal manipulation/mobilization is effective in adults for: acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain; migraine and cervicogenic headache; cervicogenic dizziness; manipulation/mobilization is effective for several extremity joint conditions; and thoracic manipulation/mobilization is effective for acute/sub-acute neck pain. Massage is effective in adults for chronic low back pain and chronic neck pain."

In 2006, Anderson and colleagues produced a report "A Comparison of Selected Osteopathic Treatment and Relaxation for Tension-Type Headaches". They concluded that "the people in this study who did relaxation exercises and received 3 osteopathy treatments had significantly more days per week without headache than those who did only relaxation exercises".

In a 2005, Licciardone and colleagues produced a report "Osteopathic manipulative treatment for low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials". Their meta-analysis and systematic review of six randomized controlled trials of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) that involved blinded assessments of lower back pain in ambulatory settings, concluded that OMT significantly reduces lower back pain, and that the level of pain reduction is greater than expected from placebo effects alone and persists for at least three months.

History of Osteopathy

Osteopathy was founded by Andrew T. Still, an American doctor. Still was dissatisfied with the orthodox medicines of the time. He was an Army surgeon in the American Civil War and had lost most of his children to infectious diseases. In 1892, he founded the first school of osteopathy, in Kirksville, Missouri. The first osteopathic college outside the USA, the British School of Osteopathy, was founded by a Scottish medical practitioner who had been a student of Still's, Dr. Martin Littlejohn.

In the U.S.A. osteopaths are also medical doctors. Outside of the United States, osteopathy has been considered a form of complementary medicine, emphasizing a holistic approach and the skilled use of a range of manual and physical treatment interventions in the prevention and treatment of disease.

In practice, this most commonly relates to musculoskeletal problems such as back and neck pain. Osteopathic principles teach that treatment of the musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles and joints) aids the healing powers of the body.

In the U.K, the Osteopathic profession is regulated by the government and it is illegal to claim to be an osteopath, unless fully trained and registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

How many sessions will I need?

This varies between people, and although some patients respond after only one or two treatment sessions, if you have a chronic condition, it is likely you will need many more treatments. However, the Osteopath will only continue treating you whilst they believe the treatment is having a beneficial effect. If you no longer respond to treatment, or if symptoms worsen despite on-going treatment, then your Osteopath will probably need to refer you back to your G.P. or specialist for further assessment. Occasionally you will be sent for MRI or X-ray imaging. If this is urgent, the NHS should cover this cost, but sometimes you may wish to have these scans done privately. The cost of this is approximately £200 per area scanned (using MRI).

Advice for patients

You will probably be given exercises to do after your treatment. It is very important that you perform these as instructed, and if you forget what to do, feel free to contact one of our Osteopaths in Leicester for further advice.

You may also be advised about changes to diet, lifestyle, posture, ergonomics (at a workstation) or other habits that may be contributing to your condition. The effectiveness of your treatment may be reduced if you do not follow these guidelines. If you are unsure about anything your Osteopath advises - ask them for clarifcation or written instructions you can follow at home or at work.

Heat or Cold packs

You may have tried to use heat or cold packs already, but let your Osteopath know, since sometimes you may be using these on the wrong areas of your body.

Joint problems can have swelling/inflammation causing pain, and sometimes using a cold pack (gel pack, frozen peas etc.) can reduce this swelling and make an area more comfortable. However, using an ice pack for too long, or in the wrong places, can cause more harm than good.

Heat (gel pack, bath, shower, hot water bottle etc.) can help to increase blood flow in an area, and this may be useful for muscular injuries or aches as healing may be speeded up. Again, you should discuss this with your Osteopath, as heat over an inflamed joint may actually make the situation worse.


Remember that pain is often a warning sign from your body, so shouldn't be ignored. If you are over-exerting yourself during exercise, the muscles may become strained. If you have a joint problem and overwork the surrounding muscles this may lead to instability in the joints and could increase your pain or symptoms.

Let your Leicester Osteopath know which exercises you are performing, and make any advised adjustments.

You will sometimes be given exercises to follow in between treatment sessions. These are very important, and can help to progress the effects of treatment. You should allocate enough time during the day to perform these exercises - e.g. take 15 minutes out of your working day (work 15 minutes later if necessary), as well as making time in the morning and evening to complete all the exercises (usually daily).

You may be asked not to start exercises until a day or two after treatment (depending on how much manual treatment you received).

Can I claim back the cost of my treatment?

Many health insurance companies offer payments to cover at least part of the cost of physical therapies like Osteopathy.

You may be able to claim all or some of the cost of treatment back if you are a member of Aviva or Simply Health.

Other treatments available to Leicester Osteopathy patients:

Your Leicester Osteopath may suggest you receive other treatment (in addition to manual therapy). We have specialist equipment that can be used if required - e.g. Ultrasound, Interferential Current Therapy, Acupuncture, Low Level Laser Therapy.

Also, if your condition is caused or maintained by problems with your gait or foot mechanics, we may suggest you have a biomechanical assessment (from the Osteopath or Podiatrist). Orthotics can be made for you if necessary.


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