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Visiting an osteopath

In this section we explain what happens when you visit an osteopath, what a treatment is likely to cost and how to find a local osteopath. You can also download our public information leaflet What to expect from your osteopath.

Before your first appointment

Check that the osteopath is registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), the regulatory body for osteopathy. You can do this by checking the Register on this website which lists osteopaths by name, registration number and location, or by calling us on 020 7357 6655 x242.

Osteopathic practices should be able to provide information about the osteopath, the clinic, what the treatment involves, payment methods and anything you need to know in advance of your first visit.

Preventing unregistered practice

The title 'osteopath' is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety.

The GOsC can, and will, prosecute individuals who practise as osteopaths when they are not on the GOsC Register. For information about what to do if you think someone is practising as an osteopath but is not on the Register, see our Protecting the title 'osteopath' page.