Osteopathy is a system of complementary medicine involving the treatment of medical disorders through the manipulation and massage of the skeleton and musculature. For example work on the rib cage and diaphragm can help with breathing difficulties such as asthma.

It is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.

During your first osteopathy session, the osteopath will ask about your symptoms, general health and any other medical care you’re receiving before carrying out a physical examination.


Osteopathy can treat a wide range of conditions, to improve mobility and relieve pain. Certain other conditions such as tension headaches and pelvic pain related to pregnancy may respond well to osteopathic treatment.

The key to good treatment is diagnosis. A wide range of diagnostic approaches are employed to fine-tune diagnosis, identify the structure causing pain and make sure the patient is safe to treat. Treatment is chosen in relation to the diagnosis and the preference of the patient and includes both direct and indirect approaches.

These can include:

  • Articulation
  • Thrust techniques
  • Soft tissue work
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Balanced 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.