Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and hands-on treatment. It is recognised as an effective way to relieve pain and restore mobility. Osteopaths are recognised as Allied Health Professionals (AHPs).




Osteopaths are most well known for helping people with back pain and the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends spinal manipulation for lower back pain. Osteopaths are trained to deliver such treatment and offer self-management advice.


Osteopaths treat the person not the condition and, as such, treatments are tailored to the individual. However, osteopathy can help relieve the symptoms of a wide range of conditions including:


  • Generalised aches and pains

  • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise

  • Arthritic pain

  • General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)

  • Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)

  • Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention

  • Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences

  • Circulatory problems

  • Cramp

  • Digestion problems

  • Joint pains, lumbago

  • Sciatica

  • Muscle spasms

  • Neuralgia

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Inability to relax

  • Rheumatic pain

  • Minor sports injuries and tensions


If you have any symptoms not listed above please feel free to call Lisa to discuss whether osteopathy is suitable.

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Osteopathy was founded in America in the late 1800s by a doctor named AT Still. Still was a soldier in the American Civil War who became disillusioned by the medicine available at the time and went on to study anatomy and physiology extensively. He came to realise that the internal system (organs etc) is interdependent on the musculoskeletal system and that the health of each is reflected in the other. The manual treatments he developed worked on the basis that the body can heal itself if proper mechanical function is restored.


Osteopaths today still uses Still’s teachings as the basis of their approach to treatment. Osteopathy has developed over the years with new medical knowledge and uses evidence based practice alongside the original basic tenants of osteopathy in modern practice. Osteopaths study courses after graduating as part of their continual professional development (CPD) so osteopaths may differ in some of the ways they treat.




The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC’) regulates the practice of osteopathy in the UK, promoting patient safety by setting and monitoring standards of osteopathic conduct. By law, an osteopath must be registered and comply with strict regulatory requirements. This gives patients the same sort of guarantees and protection as those given by doctors and dentists.




Most patients 'self refer' to an osteopath for treatment. You can use the statutory Register of osteopaths on this website to find local osteopaths http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/information/finding-an-osteopath/. Lisa’s registration number is 6456.


Although referral by a GP is not necessary, you are encouraged to keep your GP fully informed, so that your medical records are current and complete. This will ensure your receive the best possible care from both health professionals. With your permission, Lisa may send a report to your GP with details of your condition and treatment. You can also request a letter for your employer if this is helpful.



If you have private health insurance it may be possible to claim for your treatment. You will need to ask your insurance company about the available level of cover and whether you need to be referred by your GP or a specialist.



(Information adapted from the GOsC website)