We have tried to anticipate some of the questions you may have regarding osteopathy. If your particular enquiry is not included, please do contact us by phone or e mail and we will try to help you.


This is difficult to answer without having seen you, taken a detailed case history and sometimes to see how you respond to the first consultation and treatment. Typically an acute episode of low back pain might require 3-6 treatment sessions over the period of 6-8 weeks, but this can vary either way depending on a number of things including the length of time you have had the problem, type of work or activities you do etc.

Loose clothing is usually appropriate, the type of thing one might wear for a yoga or exercise class. On some occasions the practitioner might ask you to remove some clothing to examine a problem in a particular area of your body. Suitable underwear is therefore advised. Please do remember you are welcome to bring a chaperone if you feel it is appropriate. Also, if you do have concerns regarding undressing for treatment, discuss them with your osteopath.

This is a discussion you need to have with your osteopath as each patient is different. Generally returning to work is not an issue and nor is gentle exercise, although we sometimes do advise abstaining from exercise for 24-48 hours after the treatment session.

Yes, we are registered with most of the major insurance companies. You need to read your policy carefully as some policies insist on your GP referring you to our clinic. This should be a formality as most GP’s are supportive of our work.

Unless you are planning to claim on insurance (see above) there is usually no necessity to inform your GP that you are having osteopathy. We will not contact your GP without discussing it with you first.

Please talk to your osteopath. Most medical complaints are due to poor communication, something which we try to avoid. All our osteopaths are registered with and closely regulated by the General Osteopathic Council, whose role is to protect and inform you, the patient. Should there be an issue, Haddenham Osteopathic Clinic has a detailed and easy to follow complaints procedure which is available on request.

Most of the treatments we use are gentle and relaxing. Occasionally it might be necessary to use slightly more manual treatments to encourage recovery from an injury. However, even these will probably feel awkward or unusual rather than uncomfortable. Please do discuss any concerns with your osteopath.

The enormous twisting and compression forces which the baby is exposed to during the birth process can put a great deal of strain on its tissues. If the birth is particularly fast or prolonged the forces may be too much for the tissues to accommodate and a ‘strain pattern’ or moulding may develop in the tissues.

Probably the most frequent condition we encounter in babies is ‘colic’ This is a broad term for babies that are irritable ‘windy’ babies and may cry persistently. Other problems that may occur in babies with retained moulding are poor feeding and disturbed sleep and in addition babies who are frequently sick after feeding and constipated babies.

As children grow, any untreated strain patterns may express themseleves in a varuety of musculo-skeletal problems including headaches, persistent colds and ear infections amongst others.

For further details, please follow the link from this page to the more detailed article in our patient zone.

Yes, all our practitioners are experienced in the treatment of babies and children and we have all undregone extensive post graduate training in this field.

What is the difference between Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?
People are often unsure whether they should see an osteopath, chiropractor or a physiotherapist. There is a great deal of overlap between the three professions and it is not unusual to find for example chiropractors who practise more like osteopaths and vice versa. To help clarify the situation, here is a brief guide to the treatment modalities.


Osteopathy – Osteopaths encourage the body’s own healing mechanism to repair tissues after an injury or problem. Often the focus is to facilitate an effective circulation to promote this. Techniques may include massage, stretching, postural and nutritional advice, and range from very subtle gentle cranial techniques to more vigorous mobilisation of joints and tissues.


Osteopaths undergo 4 year training, currently leading to a Masters degree in Osteopathy. They will also have undertaken in the region of 1500 hours of clinical experience prior to qualification.


Typically, sessions may last from 30-45 minutes and include a variety of treatment techniques.


Chiropractic – Chiropractors will aim to improve the function of the nerve supply to joints and tissues to improve health. Typically, this is achieved by manipulation of the spine – the ‘clicking’ that many will be aware of. Traditionally, chiropractors have utilised X-rays to examine the spine although under recent guidance this has diminished.


Chiropractors also undergo and extensive 4 year training with a high number of clinical hours.


Chiropractic treatment sessions tend to be shorter, in the region of 15-20 minutes and more frequent than osteopathy.


Physiotherapy – Physiotherapists aim to restore function and movement. There is often some ‘hands on’ work but much of the treatment may be through prescribed exercises.


Training is via a 3 year degree course and includes in the region of 1000 clinical hours.