Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. Osteopaths are statutorily regulated primary healthcare professionals, who work in the private healthcare and/or primary, secondary and tertiary care in NHS settings
Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to help increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle/joint tension and pain. Your osteopath may combine a range of other treatment techniques in their approach, such as gentle ‘cranial’ techniques, rehabilitative exercises and advice about how you can self-manage your condition.
What can osteopathy help with?
Osteopathic treatment can be helpful for problems associated with many areas of the body and variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain and neck pain, repetitive strain injury, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.
What we treat
Common complaints presenting to our clinic include:
Acute and Chronic Back Pain
Generalised Aches and Pains
Sciatica and ‘Lumbago’
Joint Pains including Hip and Knee Pain from Osteoarthritis
Mechanical Neck Pain
Headache arising from the neck (Cervicogenic) / Migraine Prevention
Shoulder Pain and ‘Frozen’ Shoulder
Elbow Pain / ‘Tennis Elbow’ (Lateral Epicondylitis) and ‘Golfers’ Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
Osteopathy during Pregnancy
Back and pelvic pain during pregnancy can be extremely uncomfortable, unpleasant and distressing. Osteopathy treatment is safe and can be effective for treating pregnancy-related pain such as back/pelvic pain, sciatica and muscular tension in the back, neck and shoulders.
Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy involves gentle stretching and soothing movement of joints and soft tissues (e.g. muscles), and combined with reassurance, advice and exercise guidance can be helpful to ease pain and support you throughout your pregnancy.
The effectiveness of osteopathic treatment has been recognised by The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). The recent NICE guidelines recommend osteopathy (including spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation and massage) for the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain.
Initial Consultation 60 minutes - £75
Subsequent Treatments 30-45 minutes - £65
Most private and medical insurance schemes incl. AVIVA, CIGNA, SIMPLY HEALTH and VITALITY cover osteopathy but individual policies may vary. Some insurance companies require a referral from your doctor. Should you like to be treated under insurance cover, please contact your insurer to find out their requirements and notify reception when making your booking.