How much does it cost?
Initial Consultation: £40.00 for 45 mins – 1 hour
Follow up appointments: £36.00 for 40 mins
Sport/Deep Tissue Massage: £35.00 for 1 hour or £25.00 for 30 mins
Payments can be made by: cash, cheque, BACS or debit card
Please Note: A cancellation fee will be charged if 24-hours-notice is not given before cancelling an appointment. If you cancel more than one appointment within the 24-hour notice period, then we may ask you to pay in advance of booking your next appointment.
Do I need a referral to visit you?
No – Osteopaths are trained as primary healthcare practitioners and therefore can diagnose.
What does a treatment involve?
Osteopaths use their hands to treat patients employing a wide variety of techniques.
Soft tissue massage... What does it involve?
This includes a variety of different massage techniques to the muscles and connective tissues of the body.
Articulation techniques explained
Articulation of a joint involves moving a joint through a range of movement. When you move a joint such as your knee when walking, the muscle around the joint contracts to enable the joint to move.
High velocity thrust explained
This is the technique where patients hear a clicking sound. It is a useful technique that can be used in certain cases of joint restriction and it is referred to as “manipulation of a joint.” When this technique is used on the small facet joints in the spine it creates a reflex effect that relaxes the deep small muscles around the joint.
The clicking noise is a result of a suction type pop as the joint surfaces are momentarily separated. The noise is not an indication of a bone or disc being put back into place.
This can be a quick, efficient and dramatic technique but is not suitable in all cases and only forms a small part of an overall treatment session.
Functional techniques explained
Functional techniques are ideal for using on inflamed joints or when muscles are hypertonic (too tight or in spasm). The osteopath guides the joint through a series of small movements until a point of balance is reached and the muscles are able to let go.
Muscle energy techniques explained
This is a form of stretching, where the osteopath may stretch a muscle over a particular joint and ask the patient to resist gently. The muscle is then stretched a little further and the same process is repeated a couple more times. This is a proven and effective way of releasing tight muscles especially around joints.
Ultrasound and it's benefits
Ultrasound has many healing benefits, it encourages tissue relaxation and accelerates the breakdown of scar tissue. It stimulates the production of collagen and increases local blood flow which helps to reduce swelling and chronic inflammation.
Ultrasound is completely painless. The osteopath will cover the affected area with a gel and use a probe directly onto the skin. The probe emits sound waves at a frequency we can’t hear, which cause rapid vibrations in the target tissue, causing the cells in that area to work harder.
The osteopath may also use kinesio taping to enhance the effects of treatment, prescribe exercises and provide short term advice to aid healing and long term advice to try and prevent reoccurrence of the problem in the future.
What should I wear to my appointment?
As with most medical examinations, the osteopath will want to see the area that requires treatment, so you may be asked to dress down to your underwear – so it’s important to wear something you feel comfortable in. Shorts, loose jogging bottoms, vest tops or crop tops are all fine to wear for examination & treatment.
Can I bring someone along with me?
Yes – a member of family or friend are fine to be with you throughout the consultation and treatment if this makes you more comfortable.
Does a Osteopathy treatment hurt?
Occasionally soft tissue treatment may feel uncomfortable. The osteopath will explain what to expect before each technique and will want to know if you experience any discomfort. Feeling tired, soreness and stiffness is a normal and a healthy post treatment reaction, which usually subsides within 24-48 hours. Similar to what you would experience after exercise.
Will I feel better straight away?
In many instances, the answer to this is “Yes!” However, how much better and for how long does vary enormously according to the condition being treated and the longevity of the symptoms.
After a treatment, tense muscles which have been worked on can feel sore (similar to aching muscles after unaccustomed exercise) and if joint inflammation is present treatment can mildly increase the symptoms for a day or two before a marked improvement is noticed. Patients can feel tired after a treatment session as a deep sense of relaxation occurs, a sure sign that the body has responded. Sometimes a patient can feel energised by treatment as they are no longer suffering with tight painful muscles. Several treatments may be needed to achieve a lasting improvement particularly with long standing/chronic conditions or when muscles need to be strengthened with exercise to improve stability.
Osteopathic treatment is aimed at removing obstacles to self-healing. By using massage techniques to relax tight muscles, stretching and manipulation to loosen stiff joints and re-balancing techniques to allow the connective tissues of the body to unwind we help to give your body the best chance to get itself better.
When you leave The Atherstone Active Health Clinic it is important to you allow yourself the space to make use of the treatment. Check with your Osteopath whether it is a good idea to go straight back to work, play that round of golf or do the housework. In most cases it is best to take things easy so that your body can absorb the positive effects of treatment.
How many sessions will I need?
This completely depends on your condition, how long you have had it for and how you respond to the treatment. The osteopath will aim to keep the treatments to a minimum and should be able to give you an estimated time of recovery and number of sessions needed within the first few treatments.
What if osteopathy can’t help?
If the osteopath does not feel that they can help your problem or they feel you require further testing before treatment commences, they will tell you the best course of action. This may involve them writing to your GP or referring you for further tests.
Is osteopathy suitable for all ages?
Simply put, yes! At the Atherstone Active Therapy Clinic we aim to help anybody at any stage of life from children to senior citizens. Gentle subtle techniques are used children. Adults in good health may be treated using slightly stronger techniques.
As patients grow older different health issues arise, joints stiffen and the possibility of Osteoporosis which may need to be taken into account. Whatever the age or condition the osteopathic approach is modified to deliver safe effective treatment.