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Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body.  It is distinctive in the fact that it recognises much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease.



Osteopathy uses many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis.  Its main strength, however, lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural

Standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual patient.




Osteopaths use their hands to investigate and treat pain using manipulative techniques, such as muscle and tissue stretching, joint movements or thrust techniques.  Gentle techniques are often used for children or elderly patients.




Back pains, strains, joint derangements and spinal disc injuries, headaches arising from stiffness and tension in the neck, spinal problems associated with pregnancy, reduction of pain and stiffness in less acute stages of arthritis, problems relating to the workplace whether at a computer or heavy industry.


Osteopaths consider the whole person, examining posture and the strength and flexibility of muscles, ligaments and tendons.  Treatment is designed to alleviate current problems and prevent recurrences.




A full case history will be taken and you will be given an examination.  You will normally remove some clothing and perform a simple series of movements.  The osteopath’s sense of touch will identify points of weakness or strain. Treatment is geared to the patient as an individual.