Osteopathy - Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Is it safe?

Osteopathic treatment is an extremely safe and natural approach to health care which works with the body's own health and repair mechanisms.

Osteopathy is a recognized health profession, and has the same safeguards that you would enjoy if you visited a doctor or a dentist.

What does treatment feel like?

Osteopathic treatment is gentleOsteopathic treatment is gentle; some approaches are so soothing that the strongest sensation is of warmth, relaxation and tension being drawn out of the body.

How much will it cost?

Appointments with Chris Johnson are charged at £63 for a first appointment and £53 for a follow-up.  Please see our price list for further details.

A free** baby check is available until your child's first birthday, and we accept donations to the Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and Special Care Baby Unit at Jessops.

Does my child need to keep still during treatment?

Babies may be fed or held by a parent, whilst toddlers and older children often play on the floor during their treatment.

How long will I need to wait for an appointment?

We can often offer same day appointments for acute or emergency cases - please phone first thing in the morning to check availability for that day. For less urgent cases, you may need to wait a day or two; we will always do what we can to see you as soon as possible.

How many treatments will I need?

Your osteopath will discuss this with you at your first appointment. Typically, an adult might need 4-6 sessions over a period of several weeks, unless your condition is more severe or chronic.
Babies and children usually need no more than three or four sessions to see real improvement.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

Although many GPs recommend osteopathy to their patients, you do not need a referral from your GP to make an appointment.

Can I claim on my private medical insurance?

Chris is registered with a number of insurance providers including Westfield, Simply Health and Cigna. Please check details of your cover with your insurer before booking an appointment. Our osteopaths are fully qualified members of the General Osteopathic Council.


**We take no payment if you book one of the free baby checks. Instead, we are happy to accept donations to benefit The Children's Hospital or the Special Care Baby Unit at Jessops Hospital. We accept a minimum donation of £10 but you can donate more if you wish. Thank you.

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