Osteopathy is a manual therapy which is based on the relationship between the body’s musculoskeletal structure and its function; the aim being to work on the structure to improve function. It has a wide variety of musculoskeletal applications, but can also be helpful in a range of disorders where structure impedes optimal function.

For example, work on the rib cage and diaphragm may improve lung function; work on the muscles of the neck may help relieve muscle tension which can be a contributing factor in headaches.


The aim of osteopathic treatment is to improve mobility, relieve pain and reduce discomfort. The key to good treatment is accurate diagnosis. A wide range of diagnostic approaches are employed to fine-tune diagnosis and identify the structure causing pain.


Treatment techniques are chosen in relation to the diagnosis and the preference of the patient and include both direct and indirect approaches.


These can include:

  • Articulation
  • Thrust techniques
  • Soft tissue work
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Balances ligamentous tension
  • Cranial osteopathy
  • Fascial work
  • Visceral techniques

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Patient experience

The comfort of the patient is always of paramount consideration. The treatment approach is agreed in collaboration with the patient. Nothing is done without the patient’s consent and can be changed at any time during the treatment if the patient is in pain or feels uncomfortable.

A first appointment includes taking a case history, both of the presenting complaint and medical history, so that it can be established that the patient is safe to treat. This is followed by examination, testing as appropriate, a discussion of findings and treatment. Patients are often asked to undress to underwear, but it is perfectly acceptable for a patient to bring shorts or loose fitting jog-pants if this is their preference. A blanket is always provided to ensure patient modesty.

Treatment prices

Initial consultation & follow up appointments (1hr)

Please contact our reception team on 01284 760020 to book your appointment.