How Osteopathy Works


Osteopathy uses physical techniques on the soft tissues and bones to help the body heal and function properly.


Mobilisation of joints

Putting a gentle stretch on the joint, encouraging a fuller range of movement and releasing tension.


Manipulation of joints

Releasing joints with a quick controlled manoeuvre, sometimes causing a small ‘pop’ to be heard. These manipulations are not painful and will always be fully explained to you by the osteopath.


Soft tissue work

Massage and effleurage to encourage healing and removing swelling.


Cranial & Sacral Techniques

Minimal movement techniques to either the head or spine. Typically used to treat migraines, ear problems and chronic back pain.


Osteopathy and Medicine

To become an osteopath requires 4 years of university training, exams, and at least 1,000 hours of clinical experience. Osteopaths are qualified to diagnose and treat conditions without you having seen a doctor. However, if it is necessary to exclude any significant medical condition or should scans be required, the osteopath will refer you to your own GP.

Osteopathy has research to support its effectiveness and is recognised by medical professionals, but is not currently widely available on the NHS, however if you have private health insurance you may be able to claim back all or part of the cost. We will be happy to advise you further on this matter.