Do I need a GP referral to visit the clinic

No. Patients are able to self-refer. You do not need to have a letter from your GP. Sometimes your GP may suggest you visit an osteopath. We are happy to accept such referrals. Sometimes after visiting the clinic we may recommend you make an appointment with your GP or we may write to your GP with your permission.

How much does osteopathic treatment cost

For our latest fees please visit our Fees Page


How quickly will I feel the benefit of osteopathic treatment?

Some people get immediate relief from their symptoms, for others it can take longer. The sooner you visit an osteopath after symptoms appear the quicker we are usually able to help.

Is osteopathic treatment painful?

Osteopathy is based on manual therapy. It involves non-invasive procedures  and treatment is provided by practitioners using their hands. Osteopathic techniques range from gentle movements and soft tissue techniques to high velocity thrust techniques to adjust joints of the body. Your student osteopath will explain the proposed treatment with you which will include a discussion as to whether any techniques may be uncomfortable or if you may feel sore afterwards.

You can then decide if you wish to proceed or choose an alternative treatment plan.

If you feel any pain or discomfort during treatment you should immediately tell the person treating you.  It is possible that you might feel a little soreness after osteopathic treatment – this is fairly normal and usually self resolves within 24-48 hours and may be aided by using ice packs &/or heat (the student can advise you on how to do this safely).

Will I be required to undress?

In order to make a diagnosis the student osteopath will make a detailed analysis of your body. The spine is almost always examined, no matter where your symptoms are, as it is vital in integrating your functional health. Other areas of the body may also be examined, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms there. In order to carry out a full examination you will be asked to undress down to your underwear so that your spine can be seen.  If you do not feel comfortable undressing then please let the student osteopath know.

Can I request to see a male or female osteopathy student?

The teaching clinic is set up with mixed teams. Patient requests are noted, but cannot be guaranteed (with either the student or tutor).

What training do osteopathy students undertake?

Osteopathy students are required to spend at least 1000 hours in clinic before they are able to qualify as an osteopath.

Alongside time in clinic students spend time in lectures to gain an in-depth understanding of human anatomy and physiology. alongside a broad range of other subjects. If you are interested in the osteopathic training that students
undertake please visit our course pages.

Will I see the same person for follow-up appointments?

As students are combining clinical training with lecture studies this may not always be possible. Patient requests are noted, but cannot be guaranteed.

Is osteopathy recognised by the NHS?

Osteopathy is an Allied Health Profession recognised by NHS England. More information can be found by clicking here.

Is the LSO registered with the General Osteopathic Council?

The London School of Osteopathy courses are accredited by the General Osteopathic Council, and validated by Anglia Ruskin University.

The Clinic Tutors are registered with the General Osteopathic Council who require them to maintain their knowledge and skills through regular professional development.

If you would like more information on regulation within the osteopathic profession please see the General Osteopathic Council website at

Can I claim for osteopathic treatment under my medical insurance?

Some Health Insurance policies allow you to claim for osteopathic treatment. As the London School of Osteopathy Clinic is a teaching clinic where treatments are undertaken by students, we are not able to provide treatments under medical insurance. If you wish to source osteopathic treatment under your medical insurance please refer to the General Osteopathic Council website to locate a registered osteopath at

Are students DBS checked?

Yes all our students are DBS checked.

What if I am not happy with my treatment?

We aim to provide the best care possible at all times. If you feel our standards have slipped or you are unhappy with the treatment you have received, it would be helpful if you could raise the issue with the student / staff member concerned at the time – feedback is a vital tool in the learning process and most issues can be resolved
effectively in this way.

Click here to read our complaints policy and procedures

Do I need to wear a mask whilst in the clinic

Patients are welcome to wear a mask but it is no longer required. Staff and students will be wearing a face mask during close contact.