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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) 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.

At your appointment

As an osteopathic patient you are entitled to a high standard of care. You should expect your osteopath to:

  • Make your care their priority
  • Treat you with dignity and respect
  • Involve you in decisions about your care
  • Respond promptly to your concerns
  • Respect and protect your private information 

For more information see the page 'What to expect'.

If you have a concern or a complaint

If you have a concern about an osteopath, or about treatment you have received you are welcome to send us an enquiry using this online enquiry form. We will respond to you within five working days. For further information about talking to us about a concern or making a complaint visit our Complaints section.

Unregistered osteopathic practice is illegal

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.

If you think someone is practising as an osteopath but is not on the Register, see our Protecting the title 'osteopath' page for information about what to do

The GOsC can, and will, prosecute people who practise as osteopaths when they are not on the GOsC Register