Whatever osteopathic approach is used, the underlying purpose is the same.

Osteopathy is a safe and natural approach to pain relief which corrects the body’s structure and deals with symptoms from a mechanical point of view. This is done using hands-on techniques.

Osteopaths work to provide three dimensional solutions to the body’s mechanical problems. These problems may arise from a variety of causes; injury, illness, work-related strains or increasing age. Osteopathic treatment is based on a thorough case history, including a careful analysis of the patient’s situation and how they acquired their symptoms. Posture, seating, exercise, diet, work demands, stress and injuries even dating from childhood, are all relevant. Osteopathic treatment has to be tailored to each patient.

Structural osteopathy involves stretching, gentle pressure, muscle tension release and joint rebalancing, sometimes using manipulation (producing a click).

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy is based on the work of William Garner Sutherland, who discovered in the 1940s that the cranium is a 3-D jigsaw puzzle of 22 interconnecting bones between which there is a very small but important degree of movement. This led Sutherland to realise that the entire body’s function is much more subtle than previously realised. Fine tuning of the anatomy of the whole body is crucial for good health. Structural problems can be resolved by gentle, precise osteopathic treatment.

Who Do Osteopaths Treat?

Osteopaths are well known for treating patients with back pain, sports injuries and neck ache. However, in fact, osteopaths work with any correctable structural problem which is causing pain or discomfort and very many illnesses, injuries or “aches and pains” do have a partly mechanical cause. For example, chest infections may partly happen because the ribs or middle spine are stiff. This may be one factor among many others; maybe the person has been in contact with someone infectious, they are tired or run down, they have been eating poorly, etc. As a rule of thumb, it is worth talking to an osteopath if you have been suffering from a physical problem for a long time and you are not recovering as quickly as you think you should be. It may be that there is some physical strain which is holding up your recovery.


Any patient may bring a chaperone with them. Please note that anyone under 18 must be chaperoned.