What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a comprehensive healthcare system that emphasises the body’s innate ability to heal and maintain itself. Primarily focused on the musculoskeletal system, this holistic approach recognises the interdependence of the body’s various structures, acknowledging that dysfunction in one area can impact overall health and well-being. Practitioners of osteopathy, known as osteopaths in the UK, are trained to diagnose and treat a diverse range of conditions, from back pain and sports injuries to postural imbalances and joint issues.

By employing an array of manual techniques, such as spinal adjustments, soft tissue manipulation, and joint mobilisation, osteopaths support the body’s natural healing processes, aiming to restore balance and promote optimal function.

As regulated healthcare professionals, UK osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and adhere to stringent standards of practice to ensure safe, personalised care for their patients.

Are osteopaths registered?
Osteopathic education in the UK is comparable to a medical degree, with a strong focus on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. The typical study duration ranges from 4 to 5 years, encompassing over 1,000 hours dedicated to mastering osteopathic techniques. As a protected title, legally, all osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), and unregistered individuals are prohibited from claiming to be osteopaths.

To maintain their practice licence, osteopaths must renew their GOsC registration annually. As a part of the renewal process, they are required to fulfil a set number of continuing professional development (CPD) hours, which involves ongoing learning. The GOsC also verifies that all registered osteopaths possess valid professional indemnity insurance and maintain good health and character. According to the British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners, doctors can confidently refer patients to osteopaths for treatment.

Who is an osteopath for?
Osteopathy is a versatile healthcare approach designed to benefit individuals of all ages and backgrounds, from newborns and pregnant women to athletes and seniors. It offers a holistic solution for those experiencing a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, joint discomfort, and sports injuries. Moreover, osteopathy can help alleviate issues stemming from poor posture, repetitive strain injuries, and the natural ageing process.

By tailoring treatments to each patient’s unique needs, UK osteopaths provide personalised care that promotes overall health, well-being, and an enhanced quality of life. With a focus on preventive measures and patient education, osteopathy empowers individuals to take an active role in maintaining their health and preventing future issues, making it a suitable choice for anyone seeking to improve their physical well-being.

Which conditions can be treated?

We offer a range of services to treat a variety of conditions. Osteopathy is a non-invasive and drug-free approach to healthcare that aims to restore the body’s natural balance and promote healing.

Our experienced practitioners can help with a wide range of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches, sports injuries, and much more.

Whether you’re suffering from a chronic condition or have recently sustained an injury, our osteopaths will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that’s tailored to your specific needs. So if you’re looking for effective and holistic care, look no further than our osteopathy practice.

Do I need to be referred to see an osteopath?

You do not need to be referred by your GP to receive treatment. Osteopathy is an allied healthcare profession, which means that you can access our services directly without needing a referral from another healthcare provider.

This can be particularly beneficial if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort and want to seek treatment as soon as possible. Our experienced osteopaths will conduct a thorough assessment of your condition and medical history to develop a personalized treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs.

However, in soMe cases, we may recommend that you consult with your GP or another healthcare provider to ensure that you receive the best possible care. So if you’re looking for effective and convenient care, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us today.

How does an osteopath treat sporting injuries?

At The Body Mechanic, we specialize in treating a wide range of sports injuries. Our experienced osteopaths have worked with athletes of all levels, from beginners to professionals, and have a deep understanding of the physical demands of sports and exercise.

We use a range of techniques, including soft tissue massage, joint mobilization, and exercise prescription, to help our clients recover from injuries and prevent further damage. Whether you’re suffering from a sprain, strain, or more serious injury, we’ll work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that’s designed to help you get back to your best as quickly as possible.

“An Osteopath is only a human engineer, who should understand all the laws governing his engine and thereby master disease”

A.T. Still:
Founder of Osteopathy

Sports Injuries or work-related pains

Our Body Mechanics are highly experienced in sports and understand the importance of quickly diagnosing and treating injuries for optimal performance. They also work with sports clubs in your local area and have expertise in injury management and rehabilitation.

We have a deep understanding of the physical strains that daily life and work can impose on the body. Whether it’s sitting at a desk for long hours, engaging in manual labor, or carrying children, our aim is to assist you in feeling your absolute best.


An osteopathic appointment typically involves a thorough assessment of the patient’s medical history, a comprehensive physical examination, and the application of tailored hands-on techniques to address musculoskeletal imbalances, promoting optimal health and well-being.

Initial appointments are 45 minutes to an hour, providing you practitioner sufficient time to meticulously evaluate and address your unique needs and concerns.

1. Listen
Your osteopath will attentively listen and inquire about your concerns, general health, ongoing medical treatments, and medications, ensuring that all information gathered is securely documented and kept confidential within your case notes.
2. Examine
During the examination, osteopaths may request the removal of some clothing to perform a proper assessment, but always prioritise patient comfort and privacy, offering gowns or towels and welcoming the presence of a friend or relative during treatment.
3. Test
Osteopaths observe your posture and mobility through simple movements and stretches, utilising their expertise to identify potential links between pain or stiffness in one area and issues elsewhere in the body, while examining joint, tissue, and ligament health with their finely-tuned sense of touch, known as palpation.
4. Diagnose
Osteopathy is a healthcare discipline dedicated to diagnosing, managing, treating, and preventing musculoskeletal and related disorders.

Your osteopath will clearly explain their findings, outline a tailored treatment plan, and discuss the potential benefits and risks associated with the recommended treatment, ensuring that you understand and agree with the intended outcomes and the estimated number of sessions required for noticeable improvements.

5. Treat
Employing hands-on techniques, osteopaths skilfully manipulate the spine and joints, as well as massage soft tissues, always seeking your consent for treatment and encouraging questions to address any concerns or uncertainties.
6. Aftercare
Due to the physical nature of osteopathic treatment, it is not uncommon to experience soreness in the first 24-48 hours post-treatment; your osteopath will explain potential reactions and remain available for consultation if concerns arise, as multiple sessions may be necessary for complete resolution of your issue, with progress reviewed and treatment plans adjusted accordingly at each visit.

Bio-Mechanic Evaluation and Posture Assessment

We specialise in analyzing your movement patterns and posture to ensure optimal efficiency – whether you’re an elite athlete or an elderly individual. By understanding how you move and hold yourself, we can help you alleviate any aches or pains caused by repeated daily activities. Our approach emphasizes the importance of maintaining treatment over the long term by educating you on how to optimize your biomechanics

. As the saying goes, “fixing your car is pointless if you drive it poorly.” That’s why we’ll guide you through your biomechanics to ensure lasting results.

Treatment offered by:

Patrick Walker M.Ost

Patrick Walker M.Ost


Has Housein

Has Housein


Stephen Bumstead

Stephen Bumstead


Kelly Waites

Kelly Waites


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