What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy can help relieve pain, restore your mobility and improve the quality of your health.

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What is Osteopathy?

As osteopaths, we are trained to diagnose, treat and help prevent ill-health caused by musculoskeletal disorders – that means problems with your body’s bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissue. However, problems in the framework of your body can disturb the circulatory system or nerves to any part of the body, so they can affect any aspect of health – not just aches and pains in joints and muscles. That’s why we treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. And it’s why we are able to treat such a wide range of symptoms in adults and children, including babies. We work to restore your musculoskeletal system to a state of balance. We consider each person as an individual and will ask questions about your condition and general health, as well as examining you. We then use gentle techniques that work with your body and encourage the healing process.

Our aim is not just to ease your pain, but for you to know how best to look after yourself and your health for the future.

Some of the ailments we may aid relief from:

  • Arthritic pain
  • Back/neck pain
  • Shoulder, hip and knee pain
  • Sciatica
  • Ligament or tendon damage
  • Repetitive strains
  • Aches & pains aggravated by
  • Pregnancy
  • Muscle spasm
  • Sports injuries
  • Tension

Qualifications and professional standards

To become a qualified osteopath, you have to gain an osteopathic degree and undertake over 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. An osteopathic degree is similar to a medical degree but it focuses more on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. By law, osteopaths also have to register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), the profession’s statutory regulator. This body sets and maintains UK standards for osteopathy. The GOsC require osteopaths to renew their licence to practise every year, and to have 30 hours of continued professional development, adequate insurance in additional to good health and character.
You can always check if an osteopath is registered by searching the GOsC’s online register at www.osteopathy.org.uk

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What do our patients think?

Really nice people and service. Very relaxed, informal but professional. I didn't really have anything 'wrong' but every now and again I like to get checked over. Some tight vertebrae, tight muscles in my neck and thigh were identified and loosened off - as Olwen said I'd be an inch taller, not sure how long it lasted for though. As a desk worker Olwen also gave some really useful information on posture and seat setup that made quite a difference, can't recommend Leek Ostopathic Health Centre enough!

Marc Briand

It really is the place to go if your in pain. The treatment is first class!

Melody Cartledge

Excellent Osteopath with treatments for M.E patients - using the 'Perrin Technique'

Kathryn Turnock

M.E. is a very debilitating condition to live with. I. like all other people living with M.E. are looking for ways to make myself well again. I have been fortunate to find Helen and the Perrin Technique. With Helen’s treatment, support and careful pacing I’m slowly getting my life back.

M.E Patient

Fabulous! Helen White has been brilliant with both myself & my baby. I took Siân at 4 weeks old for help with her neck. Since born, she hadn't been able to look right very well. 3 treatments later, she was totally better. Such a relief. Sleeping & feeding improved. I have arthritis & I decided to give it a go for myself. Thank goodness I did. Huge improvement. Recommended to everyone.

Jane Wood

Helen sorted my Mum out quickly when she had back problem. 5 stars!

Catrina Clulow

I have seen a number of Osteopaths over the years, these are by far the best.

Osteopathy Patient

1st class treatment from a gifted osteopath. Thank you!

Amanda Bagshaw

Freya is brilliant. She's really improved my movement and my pain levels in a couple of visits. Lovely lady too.

Helen Caldwell

Excellent practice, very welcoming and always on time. Helen and Alan are extremely professional and knowledgeable.

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Alan was fantastic at listening to my concerns. He focused on the whole body including mind-set not just physical symptoms.

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