The Initial Consultation

The first appointment with us will usually last 1 hour.  This gives us adequate time to:

  • Listen and ask questions regarding your general health, any medical attention that you are currently receiving;
  • Listen and ask questions regarding the problem you have come to us with and find more information about it;
  • Examine you properly.  We will usually ask you remove some of your clothing.  If you are uncomfortable about this, please tell us.  Towels are provided and you are welcome to bring  a friend or relative with you.
  • Ask you to make some movements so that we can observe your posture and mobility.
  • Carry out some tests to determine where and what the problem is.  Sometimes this can be uncomfortable but we will tell you what to expect before we perform the tests.
  • Examine the health of the muscles, ligaments and joints using our hands.

During the consultation, we will be looking for other causes for the pain and any serious conditions that may not allow us to treat you.  If this is the case, we will explain this to you fully and if you should need to visit your GP, we will explain this to you.


Once we have carried this out, we will tell you the diagnosis we have reached and discuss a treatment plan with you.  We will also explain the benefits and risks of any treatment that we recommend.  We will help you to understand the benefits for what the treatment can achieve, the likely number of sessions required and how you may expect to feel after the treatment.

Our treatments are hands-on and involve skilled physical manipulation of the joints and spine, and massage and stretching of the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons etc).  Our Osteopaths will explain what we are doing and why we are doing it and we will always ask your permission to treat you.  If you have any questions or concerns at the time, please ask us.

Our treatment plans will always focus on rehabilitative care.  We will provide prescribed exercises where appropriate and we will provide you with specific advice to assist your recover, prevent recurrence and worsening or exacerbation of symptoms.

How much does it cost?

Our prices are as follows:

Osteopathy –  Initial Consultation Up to 1 hour £45
Osteopathy – Follow-up Appointment Up to 45 minutes £40
Osteopathy (Child) – Initial Consultation Up to 1 hour £40
Osteopathy (Child) – Follow-up Appointment Up to 45 minutes £35

If you have private healthcare insurance, you may be able to claim the cost of your treatments.  You will need to check this with your private healthcare provider prior to seeing us and also ask them whether you need to be referred by our GP or specialist beforehand.

If you are expecting to claim the cost of your treatment plan from your private healthcare provider, please advise us of this when you come for your treatment.

What to expect after the treatment

Due to physical nature of the treatments, it is not uncommon to feel some soreness within the first 24-48 hours after you have received the treatment.  We will explain this you and the likely reaction that may happen.  Usually, it feels as though you have undertaken some exercise or taken a long walk.  During your appointments, we will explain how you may minimise the reactions and what to do to help yourself. If you have any concerns regarding the post-treatment soreness, please always do contact us.


Contact Us

Tel: 01920 424944

Watton-at-Stone Clinic
Hertfordshire SG14 3SN



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