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What is it & what can I expect?

Osteopathy is a recognised and established system of diagnosis and treatment of muscles, joints, ligaments and nerves damaged by day-to-day stress, injury or disease.


This damage usually appears in the body as pain, inflammation, loss of mobility or impaired organ function.


Osteopathy is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.


Osteopaths are trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal problems using manual techniques.


Frequently Asked Questions...

What to expect (Q&A)

What do Osteopaths treat?

"We don't just treat backpain?!" For some reason Osteopaths are commonly known for just treating backs, yes we do treat backs but we also treat the rest of the body too! From headaches, to big toe problems we treat the whole body and pride ourselves on finding out the route cause of the problem rather than simply treating the symptom.


How long do Osteopaths train for?

All Osteopaths complete a four year full time degree course in Osteopathic Medicine. Every Osteopath is then registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and carry out annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in order to stay up to date within the profession.


I'm a new patient - what should I expect?


What should I wear?

As with any medical examination, you will in most cases be asked to undress to your underwear, so please wear something you are comfortable in, or bring a pair of shorts or leggings.


Can I bring a friend or relative?

Yes – if you wish, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.


Does it hurt?

Some soft tissue treatment may cause discomfort during treatment. Your Osteopath will tell you what to expect, and will want you to let them know if you are in pain. You may feel a little stiff or sore after treatment. This is a normal, healthy response to the treatment. 

Your first visit...

On your first visit to the clinic a case history will be taken, you will be asked questions about your medical history, general health and your day-to-day routine.


We will look at your posture and how you move your body. We may also assess what happens when we move it for you and see what hurts, where and when.


Using touch, we may also find the areas which are sensitive or tight and this helps us to identify what’s going on.When we have done this, we can diagnose your condition.

Once we have made a diagnosis we will continue with treatment.