First Appointment

After booking your first Osteopathy appointment at Littlehampton Natural Health Centre appointment you will receive 2 emails from us, the first confirming your appointment is booked and the second will contain a link to an online questionnaire asking about medical history, daily activities, medication, and surgeries, giving your Osteopath a chance to assess your notes prior to your first appointment. 

At your first appointment, we like to spend some time getting to know you, your reasons for visiting the clinic, and what you are hoping to achieve. Before we can with any treatment your Osteopath will run through your online questionnaire, building a detailed personal history and also discussing your symptoms in detail, helping them build a complete picture of you. 

Your Osteopath will then perform a physical examination to get a good overview of how your body is functioning. This physical can include assessing your joint range of motion, muscle strength, gait, skin sensations, and neurological function. They will also perform some specific orthopedic tests to help us determine the cause of your symptoms. If necessary the Osteopath can also run through a cardiovascular, respiratory, and abdominal screening.

At the end of the examination, your Osteopath will explain their initial findings and if appropriate proceed with treatment. Depending on the results of the examination your Osteopath may find it necessary to refer you for additional investigations which could include either X-Ray, Ultrasound or MRI imaging, should this be the case your Osteopath will discuss your options with you fully. 

Treatment Plan

Depending on your case your Osteopath will either discuss their treatment plan at your first visit or should your Osteopath require more time to assess your case, or to see how you respond to the first treatment, they will discuss this at your first follow up appointment. Your recommended treatment plan will depend on all of the information your Osteopath has gained through your history, symptoms, and examination.

Checklist for new or returning Ostopathy patients:

If you haven’t visited the Health Centre for a few years we always like to spend time catching up, seeing what's changed, and updating your personal history!

  List of current medications and dosage
  Details of diagnosed conditions (including dates)
  Details of operations and other medical procedures (including dates)
  Private medical insurance details (if applicable)

We will then perform a physical examination to get a good overview of how your body is aligned, how your joints are moving and work out what is causing your symptoms. The physical can include assessing your joint range of motion, muscle strength, gait, skin sensations, neurological function and perform some specific orthopaedic tests. If necessary we will also run through a cardiovascular, respiratory and abdominal screening. These tests will help us get an overall view of your health and help us with our diagnosis.

We will then explain the findings from our tests and explain our full care plan – if you are still happy we can proceed with treatment.

What Does Osteopathy Treatment Involve?

Osteopathic treatment is gentle and effective, being tailored to each specific patient and using precision and minimum force. As well as hands-on treatment you may also be provided with advice on how to maintain the benefits of the session going forwards. This can include stretches and lifestyle advice to help you stay in good health.
As a new patient, your Osteopath will spend time understanding your problem, your medical history, and any previous treatments you have had as well as conducting clinical testing where necessary. A full osteopathy consultation allows the treatment to be given in a way that is unique to you, as no two bodies are the same. They will also assess the balance and integrity of your whole musculoskeletal system to fully comprehend where underlying causes may lie.
With this information, the Osteopath forms a considered plan for treatment and can apply it with gentle precision. Their extensive training combined with the information gained following a consultation makes it possible to encourage your body’s healing faculties to overcome the problem.


Osteopathy care can include;

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Soft-tissue therapy
  • Joint articulation
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Lifestyle advice


Osteopathy is available at Littlehampton Natural Health Centre Monday to Friday.

Cranial Osteopathy Littlehampton
Osteopath in Littlehampton
Osteopathy in Littlehampton, Osteo, osteopathy, back pain, neck pain, headaches, tight, muscles, massage
Jacopo Saia, Osteopath, Osteopathy in Littlehampton, Rustington, West Sussex, Sussex, Arundel, massage, back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headaches, muscle pain, injury

Osteopath in Littlehampton - Jacopo Saia

Jacopo studied both in Turin, Italy at the International College of Osteopathic Medicine and in the UK at Kingston University at Nescot College where he obtained a Master of Science in Osteopathic Medicine. Following his passion for helping people, Jacopo has gained great experience working with patients of all ages and helping with a variety of conditions, integrating structural, craniosacral, and visceral osteopathy in order to assist the patient in the best possible way.

Jacopo is a dedicated and compassionate clinician, exhibiting excellent soft tissue skills, as well as high levels of technical performance. He is a very skillful Osteopath and is comfortable and capable of using a number of different modalities and approaches to help his patients.

Find out more about Jacopo here.

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