Treatment is usually very gentle and we make every effort to avoid hurting you or causing undue discomfort. However, you may experience some discomfort both during and after treatment (often because, while the treatment may not be painful, we are treating painful areas).

We will warn you if a treatment may cause discomfort and will stop when asked if you are feeling too much pain.

After treatment, you may experience mild soreness in or around the treated area which should resolve itself in 48 hours. If you experience ongoing pain after treatment, contact us for advice.
It depends on the treatment in question and the duration. To give you some idea, a 45 minute treatment typically costs around £50-75 – but this can vary. (There may also be slight price variation between our clinics.)

To avoid misunderstanding, please contact your chosen clinic for up-to-date prices.


Here are our clinics' respective contact details.
For osteopathy, physiotherapy and massage you will be asked to remove some clothing so that your treatment provider can diagnose/work on the affected affected area. So, yes, you may be asked to undress to your underwear.

However, if you are uncomfortable with this for whatever reason we shall of course respect your wishes.
Of course! If you want someone with you during your appointment for support, that’s not a problem. Our treatment rooms can accommodate an extra person.
No, you do not need a GP referral to see a private osteopath, physiotherapist or sports therapist. If you have any imaging results, e.g. MRI, x-ray etc, it would be helpful if you could bring these with you.
Any appropriate everyday attire is fine.
You can book online here. (The booking page lets you choose your preferred clinic and the treatment you’re looking for).

Or you can phone us on 01223 524587 (Cambridge clinic) or 01223 840700 (Gt Shelford clinic) and we’ll be happy to book you in.
We understand that you may sometimes need to cancel or move an appointment. All we ask is that you give us at least 24 hours notice. You can get in touch with us via email or phone.
Our Shelford clinic has customer parking available.

Our Cambridge clinic does not have customer parking. However, there are many close-by options including Queen Ann’s car park (by Kelsey Kerridge) and pay-and-display options in nearby St Paul’s Road, Union Road and Harvey Road.
Our Cambridge clinic is located on the second floor. Unfortunately, there is no disabled access.

Our Shelford clinic is located on the ground floor and with customer parking this is a better option for disabled access.
"Holistic" simply means a "whole body" approach. (Some say it should really be spelled "wholistic" to more accurately describe it.)

Taking a holistic approach is not unique to osteopathy. Health practitioners - GPs, podiatrists, physiotherapists, therapists etc - are all encouraged to be holistic, i.e. to treat the patient as an individual, not just a symptom.

So, we at ALMA do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but we look to balance all the musculoskeletal systems of the body, to provide overall good health and wellbeing.

The word "holistic" has, unfortunately, been muddied and many people think it refers to dubious practices that have no evidence of working. "Holistic" and "scientific" are not mutually-exclusive and many holistic practises are grounded in science.