Osteopathy specialises in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders
Patients looking for treatment can choose the option of booking with one of our Teaching Clinics or finding a local Osteopath.
The College of Osteopaths Teaching Clinics
The Colleges are able to provide osteopathic treatment in a friendly and professional environment at a highly reduced rate, due to our teaching status. Our treatment clinics are located in Central London close to Marylebone station, Hertfordshire, and in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
To book an appointment go to the link in the blue box on the right.
Find an Osteopath
Not everyone can get to one of our teaching clinics so as an alternative you could use our listings page and map to locate a clinic – please go to the link in the turquoise box on the right. This link will take you to a world map. Using the magnifying bar, zoom into your area of the country to refine the list of osteopaths based near you. Click on the logo nearest to your address for full details of the osteopath.
If you would like to find out more about how osteopathy might help you, do call us on 020 8905 1395 and we’ll be happy to discuss this with you.
More details regarding specific treatments are shown below:
Back pain is an extremely common condition, affecting one-third of the adult population each year.
Osteopathy is renowned in the treatment of back strain using a wide range of additional techniques including massage, mobilisation and exercise therapy which allows osteopathic treatment for all ages, from babies and children to the very old.
Manipulation, mobilisation and massage are now recommended by the NHS National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the treatment of low back pain. Manipulation can be performed by osteopaths and chiropractors or by doctors and physiotherapists who have undergone specialist postgraduate training in manipulation.
Neck pain is a common condition that can cause headaches, muscle spasms and pain in the shoulders or arms. If nerves are trapped then pins and needles, pain or numbness may be felt in the hands. Neck strain can be a result of poor posture, muscle strain, sports or work injury, and trauma such as whiplash. It can even be caused by an incorrect sleeping position. Babies can also suffer neck strain as part of the birthing process.
Whiplash is caused by a sudden, vigorous movement of the head which damages the ligaments and tendons in the neck. This form of neck strain can often take a long time to heal, causing pain, stiffness and a temporary loss of movement in the neck.
Osteopaths use a wide range of techniques for treating neck and shoulder pain including massage, manipulation, mobilisation and exercise therapy. This allows osteopaths to treat a wide range of ages, from babies and children to the very old. The College runs pediatric and cranial osteopathy clinics which specialise in the treatment of children.
Good posture results from structural alignment of the body, support is provided by the bones and ligaments with minimal energy wastage. However, posture changes throughout life and develops from environmental factors, habits and trauma. Living in the modern world, sitting at desks and using computers for extended periods takes our bodies out of alignment,
Good posture is the foundation of good health. Whatever stage your body is at, osteopathy can improve your posture and mobility. When the body is in good alignment, the muscles are relaxed and the joints free. Massage, manipulation, mobilisation and exercise therapy can help improve posture right into old age. Correcting strains in children and teenagers can help prevent them from developing poor posture in later life. Work related postural problems can be helped and sporting performance improved.
Postural examination is a fundamental part of the osteopathic examination
Joint pain and arthritis
Joint pain will affect almost all of us at sometime throughout life. This can be due to trauma, sports injury, biomechanical dysfunction, disease or the wear and tear of osteoarthritis. It is only when joints are not functioning correctly and they begin to limit our lives, that we become aware of them.
Osteopathy treats the joints of the body from head to toe using manipulation, massage, joint articulation and exercises. Whether it is a knee strain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, repetitive strain injury (RSI), or carpal tunnel syndrome, osteopathy can help. Significant improvement can be made to the range and quality of joint motion, even with arthritis. This can reduce the need for medication and may delay the onset of surgical intervention for advanced cases.
Cranial osteopathy uses very gentle techniques to engage the natural rhythms of the body. Treatment is non-invasive and is a relaxing and calming experience.
Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Borehamwood Cranial Clinic
Problems in the foot can cause pain in the knees, hips or the spine. Our specialist clinic uses affordable orthotic insoles made to your individual prescription to correct these dysfunctions, in conjunction with osteopathic treatment.
Wednesday 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm Borehamwood