Becky Hall
MSc (Paed Ost), BSc (Ost Med), ND, Dip SMT
Registered Osteopath and Naturopath



What is Osteopathy?

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Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for injuries and to manage pain. These include back and neck injuries, together with other musculoskeletal conditions such as joint pain, tendon problems and arthritis.

By taking a full case history and thoroughly examining the patient the osteopath first seeks to establish the exact source of the patient's problem. Treatment is aimed at improving alignment (or structure) and thus restoring proper function. This will, in turn, reduce the symptoms or pain being experienced.

Evidence has shown that osteopathy is effective in the treatment of:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Neck ache
  • Neuralgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
  • Backache
  • Circulatory problems
  • Sciatica
  • Cramp
  • Digestion problems
  • Inability to relax
  • Joint pain
  • Minor sports injuries
  • Aches and pains
  • Frozen shoulder

‘Cranial’ techniques address the whole body – not just the head. They are very suitable for everyone, particularly newborn babies, young children, pregnant women, women who have passed menopause, people in a lot of pain who cannot be moved, immediately after surgery, people with complicated medical histories and the elderly.

Whilst any of the techniques in the osteopath’s toolbox may be used for children, the most effective, whilst being the most subtle and gentle of techniques are those working with the ‘primary respiratory mechanism’ or ‘cranial’ osteopathy. This is so named because William Garner Sutherland discovered in the 1890s that the bones of the head moved in a rhythmic, self-regulating manner. He linked it to the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which is a colourless fluid that surrounds, supports and cushions the brain and spinal cord.


'The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.'
Thomas Edison (1847-1931)
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