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About Osteopathy

Osteopathy deals with the diagnosis, treatment and management of neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions adversely affecting the body, typically aching muscles and joints. As a health care system complementary to other medical practices, osteopathy is suitable for most people and the gentle nature of the treatment makes it an ideal therapy for babies and the elderly.

What Your Osteopath Does

Your osteopath is skilled in assessing the mechanics of the whole body, the spine in particular. Using gentle manipulation and stretching of the muscles, ligaments and joints, osteopathy relieves stresses in the body that cause back and joint pain. Osteopathy can treat a whole range of conditions including common aches and pains due to strains, falls and overuse as well as more long-term back and neck problems. Osteopathy can also treat headaches and inabilities to relax.

Is Osteopathy Suitable For You?

Osteopathy is suitable for all ages, from babies and young children to the elderly. The osteopath adopts an holistic approach treating the patient as a whole providing physical therapy complementing the body’s ability to self heal. The musculo-skeletal system’s job is to support the internal organs, nerves, blood vessels and lymphatic system, so problems with the musculo-skeletal system can have an adverse affect on the rest of the body or vice-versa. That is why psychological and social factors often impact health and are important elements in the diagnosis.

Ailments Responding To Osteopathy

Conditions we commonly treat

Below is a list of common problems that respond well to osteopathy. The list isn’t exhaustive so if you are suffering from something not listed then please feel free to chat to one of osteopaths to see if we can help



Your Initial Consultation

Your initial consultation is likely to last one hour and you are welcome to bring along a friend or relative. We take an holistic approach to your treatment. That is to say we treat you as a whole person rather than just treating your symptoms. That’s why we will start off gaining a thorough understanding of your medical history. We will ask you things about your daily routines, your work, your diet, exercise and other things happening in your life. The stresses and strains of modern life can all impact you physically so discussing these things can help with our diagnosis.

Physical Assessment

Next we will move on to a physical assessment. You may be asked to undress down to your underclothes if you are happy to do so. If you feel uncomfortable then please say so and we will endeavour to work around this. We may check your pulse, reflexes and blood pressure. Very occasionally we may refer you for x-rays or an MRI scan. If your problem is a physical one then you will be asked to perform some simple mobility exercises whilst we study your posture and movement. We will then feel around the sensitive or tight areas to understand better what the problem is and what is causing it.


Once we have made our diagnosis we will tell you whether we believe osteopathy or acupuncture is an appropriate treatment and if so we will advise on the best course of action to take.


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We work to a strict code of practice and are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. We are registered with the General Osteopathic Council