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Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine that focuses primarily on diagnosing and treating problems with the musculoskeletal system.

Manual medicine means that both a diagnosis and treatment are achieved through non-invasive means – so no surgery or medication. Instead an osteopath practitioner will detect the cause of your problem by analysing the way your body moves, by both a visual assessment and by touch.

Through massage, movement and manipulation, your osteopath will work to rebalance the structure and function of the body; not simply treating the presenting problem, but looking holistically at all the factors that have contributed towards your symptoms.

Treatment will aim to relieve pain, improve function and promote healing. It will also help to reduce the likelihood of the problem recurring. Your osteopath will explain their findings to you, so you can understand why your body has not been healing of its own accord.

 

Our Osteopaths

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David Richardson

David Richardson, Clinic Director, B.Sc (Hons) D.O.

  • Queen Charlotte Street
  • Wells Road

David graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1987. Initially working in Lincolnshire and then Australia, he settled in Bristol in 1990 and founded Wells Road Osteopaths in 1993. He has lectured extensively on osteopathy and sports injury prevention. He has a keen interest in sports related injuries with a special interest in veteran … Continued

Tim Chapman, Clinic Director, B.Sc (Hons) Ost

  • Sneyd Park
  • Queen Charlotte Street

After qualifying in 1999 Tim worked in a large multi-disciplinary clinic for two years, combining classical osteopathy for humans but also for top flight race horses! To further his interest in sports injuries, Tim set up a busy winter sports injury clinic in the French ski resort of Meribel. When the snow melted he spent … Continued

Claire Dobson, Clinic Director, M.Ost B.Sc (Hons) N.D D.O.

  • Wells Road

Claire joined the team in 2011 and became a partner at the Wells Road clinic in early 2016. Claire completed her studies and clinical training in osteopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London, graduating with a Distinction in the four year Master’s of Osteopathy course. Before training as an osteopath, Claire studied … Continued

Chris Aust B.Sc (Hons) Ost

  • Sneyd Park

Chris graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in London receiving a B.Ost (Hons) degree in Osteopathy after completing the five year course. After qualifying, Chris remained in London to work an an osteopath for the Lloyds of London insurance market. He then moved to a multi-disciplinary practice in South London that specialised in the … Continued

Corinne Brice B.Sc Ost

  • Sneyd Park

Corinne qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1991 having previously completed a degree in Zoology. She worked as an assistant for two years before starting her own practice in Henley-on-Thames. She returned to the British School of Osteopathy as a tutor and was one of the first people in the country to complete … Continued

Lucy Smith B.Sc (Hons) Ost

  • Queen Charlotte Street
  • Wells Road

Lucy qualified in 2006 and has a broad knowledge base from treating a variety of people. After graduating she worked at the Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal injuries in young student dancers. This started her interest in sports rehabilitation and injury prevention. Lucy then spent seven years building up a … Continued

Jeni Sloane M.Ost PGCert

  • Wells Road

Jeni enjoys treating patients of all ages and backgrounds and has a special interest in the osteopathic care of children and babies. After graduating from Swansea University with a 2:1 Master’s Degree in Osteopathy, Jeni went on to study a Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Paediatric Osteopathic Practice at the British School of Osteopathy, training in … Continued

Rachel Knight B.Ost

  • Queen Charlotte Street

Rachel graduated as an osteopath in 2008 having trained at the British School of Osteopathy. Before joining Queen Charlotte Street Osteopaths in 2017 she spent 8 years working and living in the Lake District, expanding her knowledge and experience with an eclectic range of clients, from motocross athletes to farmers, tourists and cyclists. Rachel enjoys … Continued

Natalie Gladstone B.Sc (Hons) Ost

  • Sneyd Park

Natalie’s first placement after qualifying from the British School of Osteopathy in 2002 was at Sneyd Park Osteopaths. She then spread her wings and went to work in New Zealand, developing her skills and gaining further experience before returning to London as the ‘in house’ osteopath for the BBC, treating performers and staff. Finally settling … Continued

Rosamond Chapman M.Ost

  • Sneyd Park

Rosamond joined us after graduating from the British School of Osteopathy in 2010. Rosamond decided to retrain as an osteopath after seven years hard graft as a professional full-time rower, racing for Great Britain and Leander Boat Club. She won numerous national titles, with her greatest achievement being the Women’s Pair World Championships in 2000. … Continued

Katie Johnston M.Ost

  • Sneyd Park

Since completing a Master’s Degree in Osteopathy in 2013, Katie has continued to develop her skills and knowledge. She has undertaken further training in understanding and managing chronic pain, dry needling and Pilates. This involved a six month internship at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where she worked alongside a team of surgeons, consultants, … Continued

Ali Mughal M. Ost. N.D D.O

  • Wells Road

Ali completed his integrated Master’s in Osteopathy and a Diploma in Naturopathy from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016. Prior to this Ali studied Swedish and Sports Massage at Kingston College. After visiting an osteopath, he became curious about how biomechanics and poor posture can cause pain, and decided he wanted to further … Continued

Lisa Young

  • Queen Charlotte Street

Lisa graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 2015 with an integrated Master’s in Osteopathy. After graduating she returned home to the Isle of Man where she worked in a large multi-disciplinary clinic, until moving to Clevedon in September 2017. Whilst working on the Isle of Man Lisa developed a keen interest in sports … Continued

Jess Burn B.Ost

  • Wells Road

Since graduating from Oxford Brooke’s University, Jess has been treating a wide range of injuries and pain related to age, occupation and sport. She takes an individualised approach to patient care, and adapts her techniques to make them suitable for everyone, which includes different massage and joint mobilisation techniques. She also involves cranial osteopathy and … Continued

Lisa Kennard D.O

  • Wells Road

Lisa Kennard qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1991. She went on to become a founding partner of the Wells Road and Queen Charlotte Street clinics, and has been in the team ever since. Lisa follows proudly in the footsteps of her great grandfather, John Martin Littlejohn, who was the founder of osteopathy … Continued

More information

What can osteopathy treat?

While renowned for treating spinal problems, osteopaths treat all body parts such as muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. A wide variety of conditions respond especially well to osteopathic treatment...

What to expect when you visit

On your first visit your osteopath will take a full medical history and ask you questions about your lifestyle, such as what you do for work and what leisure activities you enjoy...

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy is a gentle form of osteopathy that involves subtle stretching and manipulation of the soft tissues, muscles, ligaments, fascia and joints to relieve areas of increased tension within the body...

Osteopathy for Prenatal and Postnatal care

Osteopathy can support the body through the changes that occur both during pregnancy and after childbirth...

Paediatric Osteopathy for babies and children

Osteopathy is an effective and natural approach to healthcare for all life stages. Osteopaths are increasingly being asked to treat babies and children for a variety of common complaints caused by mechanical strain before and during the birthing process...

If you are unsure whether you or your child would benefit from treatment, please contact us and one of our osteopaths will be happy to talk to you.

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