Your Visit

What to expect on your visit to True Alignment.

From consultation through to treatment you will come to experience the best of care.

How can I be sure I am in safe hands?

All of our Osteopaths have demonstrated to the General Osteopathic Council via a detailed application process that they are safe and competent practitioners. All have adequate malpractice insurance and have agreed to abide by a Code of Practice.

What happens first?A photograph of the True Alignment Clinic

On your first visit to an Osteopath, they will take a detailed case history, including general medical details. They will ask a series of questions, which may at the time seem irrelevant. The answers to these questions will enable your Osteopath to build a detailed picture of you and provide a diagnosis unique to you. (Please note that all under 16’s must be accompanied by a chaperone). For the purposes of examination and treatment it is necessary to adequately expose the area, however we always try to ensure that our patients feel very comfortable and that their modesty is maintained.

How many times will I have to see the Osteopath?

There are many different reasons why people are in pain and each person has a different way of responding to it. The average number of visits to an Osteopath is between 4-6, sometimes less and sometimes more and occasionally an extended maintenance programme is required. However it is the policy of this practice that if you do not respond to your treatment we will discuss other alternatives and try to find a therapy that works for you.

What are the Osteopath’s qualifications?

All registered Osteopaths have either a diploma or degree in osteopathy and are members of The General Osteopathic Council.

Is Osteopathy still classified as “alternative medicine”?

No. In the UK a recent Parliamentary Report described osteopathy “as a distinct system of manual medicine within its own right”. It is now totally mainstream.

Is Osteopathy officially recognised?

Osteopathy enjoys full State protection and it is illegal to practice as an osteopath unless properly trained and registered with the General Osteopathic Council. Mr. Roy Roberts is registered with this organisation.

Extensive clinical & medical training

Osteopathic training comprises a four to five-year BSc Honours degree programme with extensive clinical training from the outset. Osteopaths are also committed to lifelong learning through a system of mandatory Continuing Professional Development.

It is a criminal offence in the UK, liable to prosecution, to describe oneself as an osteopath unless registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). The GOsC regulates, promotes and develops the profession of osteopathy, maintaining a statutory register of those entitled to practice osteopathy. Only practitioners meeting the highest standards of safety and competency are eligible for registration.