What does Osteopathy Treat?

Osteopathy treats people not conditions or just symptoms. Attention to the individual person and an understanding approach to osteopathy treatment is especially important. Many people present with similar symptoms, but they can be treated in different ways. This may be due to their build, age, the amount of discomfort they are in or a particular like or dislike of a form of treatment.

50% of people who consult Osteopaths suffer from low back trouble. However, we can also help with:

  • Sports injuries

  • Joint aches and pain

  • Headaches/ migraines

  • Neck pain

  • Shoulder pain/frozen shoulder

  • Tennis elbow arm, wrist and hand pain

  • Circulatory problems

  • Cramp

  • Digestion problems

  • Middle back, lower back and pelvic pain

  • Lumbago

  • Sciatica

  • Muscle spasms

  • Neuralgia

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Inability to relax

  • Rheumatic pain

  • Hip, knee, ankle and foot pain


This is not an exhaustive list. People come in for osteopathic treatment for many other conditions and symptoms. If you would like to find out more please call or email.

Osteopathy during and after Pregnancy

Osteopathic treatment can be extremely beneficial through this period, as it is a time of great change with high demands on the mothers system.

Osteopathic treatment is very safe and effective to use through all stages of a pregnancy. We can offer advice and exercise advice on improving posture in the ante and post natal periods.

Treatment of Babies & Children

One of the most frequent enquiries to the practice is for osteopathic treatment for babies and children. I have been successfully providing osteopathy treatments for babies and children  since 1995.

Osteopathy is also able to help with many of the common problems during the growth and development of babies and children.

Osteopathic treatment of children is extremely gentle and does not involve any strong massage or manipulation. Usually the cranial or cranio-sacral techniques are used in these instances.

Cranial Osteopathy

Other osteopathy treatments may involve very delicate movements of the skeleton.  These are often referred to as Cranial or Cranio-Sacral Osteopathy.  I have been using these osteopathic techniques since 1995.  They were devised by Dr. W.G. Sutherland, an American Osteopath, who developed these in the 1930s. He put forward the idea that small tolerances of movement exist within the skull and between the skull bones and from this an approach to diagnosis and treatment was formed. He later expanded this to include osteopathic techniques to treat the whole body, not just the head or for “head problems”.  It is perhaps best known for its application to babies and children as it is very gentle and does not involve any strong massage or manipulation. However Sutherland felt that all people of all ages could benefit from these osteopathic techniques.

Visceral Osteopathy

This form of osteopathic treatment focuses on the organs of the chest and abdomen. Like the cranial techniques it uses a light application of pressure onto the chest or abdomen to improve the function of that area. This can be for digestive problems e.g. IBS, constipation, or circulatory problems as well as helping with symptoms that may seem to arise in the back.