Anna Stainer Osteopath

Hampshire Osteopath est. 1992

For further information on osteopathy

The Institute of Osteopathy

Professionalism and safety


To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree.  This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques.  By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).  It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered.  The British Medical Association's guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths. 

Outgoing care


Due to the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore or stiff in the first 24-48 hours after treatment.  Your osteopath will explain any likely reactions that you could expect.  If you have any concerns, it is important to contact the osteopath and ask their advice. 

It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved.  The osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan. 

Keeping your GP informed


Most patients refer themselves directly to an osteopath.  Although referral by a GP is not necessary, you are encouraged to keep your GP fully informed, so that your medical records are up to date.  This will ensure you receive the best possible care from both health professionals.  With your permission, your osteopath may send a report to your GP, with details of your condition and treatment.  You can also request a letter for your employer, if this is helpful. 

Diagnosis & treatment


Osteopathy specializes in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders. 

  • Your osteopath will give you a clear explanation of what they found (their diagnosis), and discuss a treatment plan that is suitable for you, which may include lifestyle changes.  They will explain the benefits and any risks of the treatment they are recommending. 
  • It is important to understand and agree what the treatment can achieve, and the likely number of sessions needed for a noticeable improvement in your wellbeing. 
  • Treatment is hands-on and involves skilled manipulation of the spine and joints, and massage of soft tissues.  Your osteopath will explain what they are doing and will always ask your permission to treat you (known as consent).  Ask questions at any time, if you are unsure of what you have been told or if you have any concerns. 
  • Self-help measures and advice on exercise may be offered to assist your recovery, and prevent recurrence or worsening of symptoms. 

Visiting an osteopath


Osteopathy is a patient-centered system of healthcare.  A first appointment generally lasts longer than subsequent appointments, to allow the osteopath adequate time to:

  • Listen and ask questions about your problem, your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking, and record this in your case notes.  The information you provide will be confidential. 
  • Examine you properly.  It is likely the osteopath will ask you to remove some of your clothing.  Tell your osteopath if you are uncomfortable about this.  You should expect privacy to undress, and a gown or towel may be provided.  You can ask a friend or relative to accompany you during your treatment. 
  • Ask you to make simple movements and stretches, to observe your posture and mobility.  Because of the body's structure, pain or stiffness you are experiencing in one area may be linked to a problem elsewhere. 
  • Examine the health of the joints, tissues and ligaments using their hands and a highly developed sense of touch called palpation. 
  • Check for signs of other serious conditions they cannot treat and advise you to see your GP or go to hospital.  They should provide you with a letter explaining what they believe to be the problem. 

What We Offer You

Availability & charges

Opening times:

Monday-Wednesday 9-1pm

Friday-Saturday 9-1pm 

Initial consultation and treatment : £55

Follow up : £50

(There is a £5 surcharge for Saturday appointments)

The British School of Osteopathy

The General Osteopathic Council

southsea osteopath anna stainer