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Do I need a GP referral?

It is not necessary to have a GP referral to see an osteopath. However osteopaths can and do work with GP’s and other healthcare professionals both thorough the NHS and privately.

Most patients however see osteopaths privately without a referral.

Under the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) the recommendations for low back pain include utilising manual therapies such as osteopath for treatment. https://www.nice.org.uk/Guidance/Conditions-and-diseases/Musculoskeletal-conditions/Low-back-pain