Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifications do Osteopaths require?

Osteopathy is a protected title. To qualify as an Osteopath the individual must have followed a course that is recognised by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). This may be a diploma (DO), a bachelor’s degree (BOst) or master’s degree (MOst) in Osteopathy. The qualification includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition, biomechanics and at least 1,000 hours of clinical training experience with patients.

How can I check if an Osteopath is registered?

All Osteopaths must be registered with GOsC. Members of the public can check their Osteopath is registered by visiting the website and using the ‘Search the Register’ tool. In order to register GOsC check the qualifications of the individual, ensure they have professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health, are of good health and have met the mandatory professional development requirements.

Does the GP need to refer me for Osteopathy treatment?

You do not need to have seen your GP prior to visiting an osteopath. Most patients who visit an osteopath have ‘self referred’ themselves. It is always advisable to keep your GP informed of any treatment you have received from other healthcare providers. Similarly if an osteopath considers the diagnosis of your problem to be outside the boundaries of osteopathic treatment, with your permission, they will write to your GP to inform them.

What should I wear?

It is important for the osteopath to see the whole of your body therefore for the examination and for treatment you will be asked to undress to your underwear so it is important to wear underwear that you are comfortable in. Alternatively you can bring a pair of close fitting shorts to wear over your underwear if you would feel more comfortable.

What is the best way to get there?

We are within 15 minutes walking distance of both Muswell Hill Broadway and East Finchley High Road.

The nearest underground stations are Highgate and East Finchley.

Buses that run close by are 102 and 234 along Fortis Green Road.

There is unrestricted parking on the street should you need to drive.

Is it OK to bring a friend or relative?

It is absolutely OK to bring someone with you who is welcome to sit in on the consultation, examination and treatment.

Can I bring my baby or children?

We understand that it is not always possible leave babies or children elsewhere. There is plenty of space for pushchairs etc and space for young children to play safely.

Can I claim on my private medical insurance?

We are currently registered with the following private medical insurers:

Simply Health Cash Plan

WPA and WPA Protocol

Allianz Worldwide Care


Vitality Health


If you wish to claim on your private medical insurance please check with your provider that your plan covers osteopathy treatment prior to making an appointment.

Can I pay with debit cards or credit card?

We have facilities to take all card payments or obviously you can pay with cash. We no longer accept cheques as a payment method.

Please get in touch for more information or if you have questions that aren’t answered here.

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