What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

Osteopaths believe that for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. We may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

Is osteopathic treatment safe?

Osteopaths study for 4-5 years and are highly competent healthcare professionals, recognised by the NHS as fully qualified to diagnose and treatment independently. Osteopaths are complementary healthcare practitioners, we work with and alongside other healthcare providers (GP’s, physiotherapists, radiologists, etc.) to ensure that our patients get the safest and most appropriate care.

What can osteopaths treat?

Osteopathy can help to relieve the symptoms of a range of conditions, including:

  • Aches and pains
  • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
  • Arthritic pain
  • General, acute and chronic back pain
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder and elbow pain
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sports injuries and tensions

If you would like to find out if osteopathy is suitable for you please call or email on 07534 933516 or lorna.osteopath@gmail.com


For further information about osteopathy, visit the General Osteopathic Council website.



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I first noticed that my newborn son appeared to have limited neck movement when he was 3 weeks old. After three visits to the GP and mentioning my concerns to the health visitor, I did some online research I found Nottingham osteopaths.

Lorna’s approach was thorough, taking time to understand all the symptoms, many of which I hadn’t first described to her, as I hadn’t realised they would be connected. She was reassuring to me, particularly listening to my concerns and giving them the attention that I needed. Lorna took great care in ensuring Edward’s comfort during treatment and handled him kindly in a quiet and soothing environment. 

A few days after the first appointment, Edward fell to sleep with his head to the right. Whilst it lasted only a few minutes, it showed he had relaxed enough to turn his head to the right. After only a couple of sessions Edward was moving his head fully by himself, breastfeeding well from both sides, and all digestion issues had gone. Over time, the flatness to his head has resolved since the pressure has been removed from one area.

15th July 2015