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Osteopathy is a recognised and established method of diagnosis to identify and treat dysfunction or problems in the musculo-skeletal system. Osteopaths aim to return your body to health through manual therapy, and promote continuing health by considering how your lifestyle might influence the musculo-skeletal system. Joanna includes guidance and exercises to support your return to health. Osteopathy can complement traditional medicine and does not involve the use of medicine.

Osteopathy can help with a number of pains and complaints, as listed below, but there are conditions for which qualified medical advice must be sought. If you are in any doubt please discuss this with your GP. Osteopathy is for people with:

Back Pain and Sciatica

  • N.I.C.E. (National institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines, 2016, recommends manual therapy as practised by osteopaths for the management of low back pain and sciatica. This treatment would include exercise advice.
  • Sciatica and neuralgia – symptoms of trapped nerves

Shoulder Problems

  • Work and leisure related problems leading to shoulder pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Elbow pain such as tennis/golfers elbow

Sports injuries

  • Minor sporting injuries and tensions treated with Sports Massage, Acupuncture, Ultrasound and Osteopathy.
  • Running problems such as Patello-femoral and Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Cycling issues such as muscle fatigue, strain and inbalance
  • Golfing related conditions such as spinal restrictions, shoulder strain and restricted hip joints

Neck pain and related headaches

  • Headaches arising from your neck pain

Joint pain and tension

  • In the hip and knee relating to osteoarthritis
  • Minor injuries related to sports, hobbies, decorating and gardening
  • Joint problems pre and post-surgery we provide treatment and rehabilitation advice.
  • Tension and discomfort in muscles caused by repetitive strain injury

Selected conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatic pain

There are a number of reasons why people seek osteopathic treatment, they may have never heard of us or what we do. It could be a friend or member of the family has visited and benefitted from osteopathic treatment, or, more commonly someone you know might be struggling and you wish to help them by making recommendation to see an osteopath. If in doubt, you can book a short consultation with Joanna on the website, to chat on the phone or pop into the clinic for a short discussion.

  • You may have concerns regarding aches and pains that won’t go away. Joanna sees many people with persistent pain, by exploring your experiences with her you can tap into a wealth of knowledge and hints and tips for managing conditions and minimising their effects.
  • You may be of any age and have one of the 200 forms of arthritis which can be restricting daily life and osteopathic treatment may help you.
  • You may have heard of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis and are not sure of the difference and wether these conditions might be affecting you.
    Joanna can carry-out a FRAX ® assessment which is a screening tool for osteoporosis, discuss this with you and provide appropriate information, help and guidance.
  • To receive advice on getting active. Getting started and knowing how much to do. How to prepare for moving more and avoid strains or sprains.
  • It could be an injury or long-term pain is preventing you from doing this, getting enjoying the things you used to do.
  • Ideas for keeping healthy at work. Many of us spend extended hours working at a desk using a computer, or, are involved in more physically demanding occupations. It is surprising how a problem shared often results in simple adaptations to minimize work stresses and strains.
  • Stress, anxiety and sleeplessness maybe consequences of long-term health and musculo-skeletal problems, Joanna’s advice and different treatments may help you.

All Osteopaths are qualified and can be found on the General Osteopathic Register. This regulation of the profession ensures you receive safe treatment.

You can visit an osteopath without a referral from your GP. The British Medical Association and General Medical Council also state your GP can safely refer you to an osteopath as a statutorily registered healthcare professional.

Osteopaths are now Allied Health Professionals recognised within the NHS, working alongside other healthcare professionals.

Joanna has trained full-time for four years and over a thousand hours in clinic to qualify. She undertakes yearly continuing professional development to maintain her skills. Caring Osteopathy is fully insured and registered for osteopathy, acupuncture and sports massage.