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Northallerton Osteopaths Osteopathy & multi-disciplinary healthcare clinic

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Welcome to our About page. Here you will find more information on our clinic and what to expect when you come to see us.

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Our Story


Northallerton Osteopaths at Hale House is a well established multi-disciplinary healthcare practice, delivering expert health care from a wide range of therapies. We believe in a holistic approach to healing and our experienced practitioners reflect this in their work. Rather than treating only the symptoms, our practitioners treat the person as a whole in order to find the cause of a condition.

1994 Joanna Waterworth established Northallerton Osteopaths where she was originally based in South Parade as a sole practitioner.

1999 Expansion prompted the move to Croft House on Crosby Road, when Croft House Clinic was established as Northallerton's first multi-disciplinary complementary healthcare clinic .

2017 we expanded again as Joanna and Ross began their business partnership and moved into our new premises at Hale House.

Northallerton Osteopaths established itself as a limited company with Joanna and Ross as clinical directors. We are now one of the largest complementary healthcare clinics in North Yorkshire.

All our consultation rooms are now on the ground floor, offering full disabled access, there is free off-road parking in front of the clinic for our patients and we have an in-house studio where yoga, pilates and such like classes take place.

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"They have me back on my feet in 3 weeks after severe back spasms. I have used Northallerton Osteopaths for last 2 years. Highly recommended, I wouldn’t use anyone else"
Miss A Finley, Northallerton

Why Choose Us?

Over 150 years' clinical experience in the team
Patient centred care ensuring the best treatment to suit your needs
All practitioners registered with national governing bodies
No need for a referral
Excellent links with local GP's
Some of our Osteopaths are registered with major insurers
Local, friendly business
All major credit cards accepted
Evening and weekend appointments available
Easily accessible from Northallerton, Thirsk, Bedale and surrounding areas.

"Struggling to walk with a very painful right hip, my daughter recommended Northallerton Osteopaths. My first visit confirmed Sciatica and a course of treatment was advised. A big thank you to all the staff at Northallerton Osteopaths for helping me feel back to normal"
Mrs P Ward, Northallerton

"I would highly recommend this practice, which is easy to locate, clean and modern. My osteopath here really makes you feel at ease during treatment, he is very professional and sympathetic and quickly restored movement to my locked and spasming back. He has gone out of his way to squeeze me in for an emergency appointment when I’ve been in agony with my back. The receptionists are really lovely and it’s pretty easy to get an appointment. Worth every single penny".

Mrs L Mapp, Northallerton

"I have been using Northallerton Osteopaths both at the new site and the previous one at Croft House and have been impressed by the quality of treatment. I have been treated by Ross for the past year for pain in my right hip/ sacro-illiac joint and a successful treatment plan has been devised. I would recommend this practice if you are needing any osteo treatment"

Mr S Ford, Darlington

"Thank you for help managing my back problems with clear explanations, good advice and healing treatment, all provided in such a friendly, welcoming setting. I’m delighted to recommend you to my friends and neighbours"

Mrs S Reed, Northallerton

"I am very pleased with the treatment I receive for my lower back pain, and the staff are very helpful and professional. I highly recommend them"

Mrs A Howe, Thirsk

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What to Expect - Initial Consultation

Consent > Case History > Examination > Diagnosis > Treatment plan > Treatment

Consent All patients are given a consent form to read through and sign. This gives you details of what you can expect as a patient and asks for your written consent so that we may assess and treat you.

Case History You will then be introduced to your practitioner and will be asked to give a full account of your symptoms along with information about your lifestyle, general health and past medical history.

Examination You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing so that your osteopath can view the area of concern and a detailed assessment can be made. This will include observing your posture and movements to assess how your whole body relates mechanically to your complaint. Clinical and orthopaedic tests will be carried out where relevant. Some patients prefer to bring sports shorts to wear. Ladies might chose to wear a thin vest top.

Diagnosis & Treatment Plan Your osteopath will make a diagnosis and if appropriate, a treatment plan can then be agreed with you. Often, lifestyle advice such as work posture adjustments or suitable exercises are recommended.

Overall an initial consultation takes around 45-60 minutes and will include a treatment if appropriate.

In some cases osteopathic treatment may not be appropriate for you. If this happens we will discuss this with you and advise you on who you should speak to- for example your GP, or in some cases an alternative practitioner.

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What to Expect - Osteopathic Treatment

Our osteopaths use their hands to assess, diagnose and treat you. Osteopaths are highly skilled in their sense of touch (palpation) and they use these skills to observe imbalances and dysfunction in the joints and soft tissue structures of the musculo-skeletal system (muscles, ligaments, capsules, fascia and tendons). Once the inter-relationship of these neighbouring structures is understood, they use a range of highly skilled techniques to treat the patient.

Treatments vary from patient to patient but may include

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Joint articulation with varying degrees of subtlety
  • Rhythmic stretching
  • Joint manipulation
  • Exercise prescription

"I have been attending Northallerton Osteopaths for three years for regular treatment in the care of an osteopath. I recommend the practice for the professional attention I have received, the friendly and efficient reception and pleasant premises"
Mr J Dack, Thirsk

How to Find Us

We are easy to find at Hale House, just opposite Mill Hill Lane, Northallerton.

Hale House
62 Thirsk Road

We have limited patient parking to the front of Hale House. Please be considerate when parking. Alternatively, there is free 2 hour disc parking on Grammar School Lane which is less than 2 mins walk away. We have discs at the clinic for those travelling from outside the area.


£60 Initial Consultation & Treatment (allow 45-60mins)
£50 Subsequent Treatment (30mins)
£45 Children U16 Treatment (30mins)

£65 Initial Consultation & Treatment (allow 45-60mins)
£50 Subsequent Treatment (30mins)
£45 Children U16 Treatment (30mins)

Acupuncture (45mins)
£55 Initial Consultation & Treatment
£48 Subsequent Treatment
£43 Children U16 Treatment

Sports Massage (45 mins)
£40 Initial Consultation & Treatment
£40 Subsequent Treatment

Remedial Massage (1hr)
£44 1st Visit & Subsequent Visits

Reflexology (1hr)
£44 1st Visit & Subsequent Visits

Medical Herbalist Consultation (45mins)
£40 All Visits
£8 Medicines approx £8 per week

£60 1st Visit (1hr)
£50 Subsequent Visits (30mins)

£30 Initial Consultation (30mins)
£60 Therapy Session (1hr)

£65 Consultation & Ear Wax removal via Micro-suction (30 mins)
£100 Home visit (1 hour)
£120 Full Audiological Evaluation (90 minutes)
£65 Audiological Consultation (30 mins)


What should I wear? Do I have to get undressed?
It is useful for your osteopath to see the area causing the problem. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing so that a detailed assessment can be made. Some patients prefer to bring sports shorts to wear. Ladies might chose to wear a thin vest top.
You can request that your osteopath leaves the room whilst you undress if you are more comfortable with this.

Does osteopathic treatment hurt?
We adapt treatment to suit you. Because you are in pain when you seek our help, some of the areas we touch are likely to be tender but we will work at a level that you are comfortable with.
It is normal for you to feel a little achy and stiff after a treatment, this will usually resolve within 24 to 48 hours after treatment. If it does not settle or you are worried please call the clinic to speak to your practitioner.

Do I need to be referred by my GP?
No, you can choose to see an osteopath without a referral. Indeed most of our patients come to us via word of mouth from family or friends. We do have excellent communications with our local GP practices and with your permission, we let your GP know that you have attended to ensure that they are kept up to date about your health.

Can I use my heath insurance?
Most private health insurance policies will cover osteopathic treatment, but please check your policy before you book as some providers will require that you are referred to us by your GP and/or that the practitioner is registered with the insurance company.

How many treatments will I need?
This varies from individual to individual.
In a recent audit of the clinic over 60% of our patients have their problem resolved within 3 visits, and 90% within 6 treatments.
If you are suffering from a long-term problem it may take longer to notice an improvement.
Additionally, more people are recognising the need to look after their own health more and they elect to attend for regular maintenance treatments to keep on top of symptoms.

How much will it cost?
Click Prices for our price list.
We are recognised providers for Bupa, AXAPP, WPA, Simply Health and other Private Health Plans. If you have private medical insurance, then please see whether your policy covers for Osteopathy or Acupuncture. Feel free to call and check whether your practitioner is a registered provider. Not all practitioners are registered with all of the above mentioned insurance providers.

What if I need to cancel or change my appointment?
Your appointment time is reserved just for you. A late cancellation or missed visit leaves a hole in the therapist's day that could have been offered to another patient - we often have a waiting list. As such, we require a minimum of 24 hours notice for cancellations or any changes to your appointment. Missed appointments or cancellations within 24 hours may be charged up to the full session fee.
Prepaid online appointments that are cancelled with more than 24 hours notice will be issued with a full refund.

Is the clinic child friendly?
Yes, we have a range of toys and books to keep young children occupied whilst you are treated or to distract them during their own treatment. We also have a downstairs toilet which has space to change nappies and we provide a potty. Prams can be brought into our treatment rooms or left in reception.

Do you have disabled access?
We do have disabled access for wheelchair users. All our treatment rooms are on the ground floor.

Can I bring a friend or relative?
Yes, this is absolutely fine. We ask that children under the age of 16 should always be accompanied by a parent to their first appointment. If you cannot bring a friend or relative but would still like a chaperone, then we can provide one for you.

Do you need to see my GP first?
Since osteopathy does not use any drugs or invasive treatment, it is not necessary to consult a GP beforehand. However, if you have a complicated medical history, a GP consultation is recommended. If you have more questions related to osteopathy, you can get in touch with our team on the number mentioned below.

Can I received treatment if I am pregnant?
A pregnancy is extremely demanding on a woman’s body and may lead to problems like lower and mid back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, post-natal coccyx and symphysis pubis pain and symphysis pubis disorder. Osteopathic treatments can relieve these problems while helping the body adapt to the many changes that occur during a pregnancy.

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