BS24 0EG


01934 750 419

FAQ: what you need to know

Osteopathy is more than just bones, osteopaths are musculoskeletal specialists who are trained to work with their hands to diagnose and treat all manner of problems affecting the muscles, bones and nerves in your body. We use a wide range of techniques tailor made to each patient. Osteopaths treat patients of all ages.

What do osteopaths do?

Osteopathy is more than just bones. Osteopaths are musculoskeletal specialists who are trained to work with their hands to diagnose and treat all manner of problems affecting the muscles, bones and nerves in your body. We use a wide range of techniques tailor-made to each patient. Osteopaths treat patients of all ages.

Osteopaths believe that the body has the capability to repair itself – sometimes it needs a little help along the way. Osteopaths use gentle articulation, massage and joint manipulation to encourage better joint movement and free any mechanical restrictions that may be preventing your body from healing. We also use cranial techniques gently to restore balance within the body’s system.

Does treatment hurt?

No, all attempts are made to minimise discomfort. Treatment is designed to be gentle and non-traumatic. It is more likely that you will experience some discomfort within 24-48 hours after treatment. Common treatment reactions are: tiredness, aches and pain in the same area as your complaint.

How many treatments will I need?

This is a tricky one to answer, as we all heal differently. Most acute problems will resolve themselves within 2 – 6 treatments. More chronic complaints (that have been around a while) may take longer, especially if there are external factors (posture, lifestyle, and work) that are maintaining them. Some patients benefit from a regular ‘maintenance’ style treatment every 4-12 weeks, other people simply come in for an ‘MOT’ once or twice a year.

Ice or Heat?

Try both. Ice is advised for acute symptoms to help reduce inflammation, it can be useful post treatment if you feel a little unsettled. Apply your ice source by first wrapping it in a tea towel then placing it over the area of pain. As a general rule don’t leave ice on an area for longer than 10 minutes. If the area is quite exposed, such as the shoulder or wrist, you may only manage a couple of minutes before you need to take it away. This is fine – repeat as required.

How can heat help?

Heat is useful for chronic conditions with muscle tension. It can also be particularly useful when you have a headache that has been caused by neck tension. In acute (inflamed) symptoms, heat can make things worse. Never apply heat for longer than 30 minutes at a time.

Contrast bathing is the application of ice and then heat straight afterwards. It is often useful a few days after an acute injury when you wish to ‘stir’ up the healing process to accelerate it. Always start and finish with ice – e.g. 5 min ice, 5 min heat, 5 min ice. Although heat may seem the more appealing option, ice can be an extremely useful tool when in pain.

Do I need to be referred by my doctor?

No. Although some GPs may recommend seeing an osteopath, most osteopathic patients are self-referred.

Is Osteopathy available on the NHS in Somerset?

A select number of PCTs are now funding osteopathic treatment on the NHS. As of the date of publishing this website, Somerset PCTs are not involved in this scheme.

How are osteopaths trained?

UK trained osteopaths follow a full-time four year degree course prior to registering with the General Osteopathic Council.

Osteopathic training involves completing over 1000 clinical hours – working with members of the general public. Osteopaths are also qualified to work with babies and children; many of whom have specialist post-graduate qualifications in paediatric osteopathy. In order to carry out referrals, osteopaths are trained to screen for medical conditions.

Is osteopathy safe during pregnancy?

Yes, osteopathy is a gentle treatment which can help with the bodily stresses induced by pregnancy; including general joint and back pain. However, osteopaths (and other manual therapists) avoid treatment during weeks 12 – 16.

Can I claim for osteopathy on my private insurance?

Some medical insurers cover osteopathic treatment; please check with your individual insurer prior to commencing treatment.

For more information on which providers we are registered with please contact us.

What is the difference between an osteo, chiro and physio?

Osteopathy is primary system of healthcare focusing on the body’s ability to heal itself.

Treatment is aimed at the whole body, not just the area that is causing symptoms.

Consultation times vary but will typically last 30 mins (follow up consultations).

Please refer to the official websites of the other two professions for accurate definition of the therapy.

Chirpractic – click to view website

Physiotherapy – click to view website

How much does a treatment cost?

First appointment (45 mins – 1hr)……………………£48
Follow up appointments (30 mins)…………………..£37
Under 18s & Students
First appointment…………………………………………..£48
Follow up appointments……………………………..…..£33

We accept payment in cash and cheque.
We request that all fees are paid at the time of the appointment.
We are registered with most private health insurance providers, including BUPA.
We recommend that you check with your insurer before booking an appointment to
confirm your policy details.
We require 24hrs notice for any cancellations or a fee of £20.00 will be charged.
Missed appointments will be charged at £20.00.


Mon-Fri: 8.30 – 6pm
Sat: 9 – 12pm

After hours and weekend appointments by arrangement.

Please call 01934 750 419 to make an appointment or to make further enquires.

Our Lympsham location provides convenient access and onsite parking.

West Road, Lympsham, Weston-s-Mare, Somerset, BS24 0EG