• Osteopathy is a method of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a broad range of health problems associated primarily with the musculoskeletal system.

  • ​ Osteopaths use Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) a combination of gentle manual therapy techniques including soft tissue mobilisation, joint articulation and manipulation to relieve pain, restore movement, and promote recovery. ​

  • ​Osteopaths help decrease pain, restore normal function and individual well being by treating biomechanical alterations, to balance, strengthen and support body systems to aid the process of healing maintenance and self regulation following injury or ill health.​

  •  Osteopathy is based on the principle that the health and wellbeing of an individual relies on the way musculoskeletal tissues and internal structures work together. 

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Osteopathy and Regulation

  • ​​​​​​As with other Medical Practioners Osteopaths are regulated and adhere to a strict code of professional practice. In the UK the profession is regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and in Sweden by the Svenska Osteopatforbundet (SOF).


  • Osteopaths qualify following completion of a  4 or 5 year University degree which includes training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, general medical diagnosis and OMT.  A minimum of 1000 hours supervised clinical practice is required.

  • Patients can therefore be confident in the high standard of care they can expect to receive from a qualified and registered Osteopath. 


  • Craig qualified with a Masters degree in Osteopathy and is a fully insured and registered Osteopath with the GOsC and SOF. 


Osteopathy and Referral

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Osteopathic Approach


  • Osteopathy takes a holistic approach to patient care incorporating medically established orthopaedic and clinical tests combined with hands on Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)  for diagnosis and treatment.

  • Osteopaths emphasise the integrated relationship between the musculoskeletal system and other body systems. 

  • This holistic approach is fundamental to Osteopathy as treatment considers the  whole person rather than just simply focusing on individual symptoms and body systems.  For example Knee pain may be a consequence of compensating for an underlying  biomechanical / physiological alteration  in another body area (i.e. the pelvic or spinal region ) that compromises the Knee joint resulting in pain and impaired function).

  • Osteopaths  diagnose and treat areas of localised pain and impaired function but importantly, identify contributing, predisposing factors that if not addressed may prolong recovery or limit a return to optimal health. Psychosocial and behavioural factors; stress, lifestyle, diet, exercise are all considered when your individual treatment plan is formulated.

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  • Osteopaths are highly competent primary health care practitioners qualified to diagnose and treat a wide variety musculoskeletal and associated health conditions. Prior referral from your GP is therefore not necessary.

  • Your Osteopath is trained to identify  signs or symptoms of conditions which require onward referral to a GP or hospital for further investigation i.e. CT, MRI, Xray or Blood tests.

  • The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises that GPs can safely refer patients to an osteopath for treatment.​