OSTEOPATHY is a system of diagnosis and treatment that looks at the interrelationship of the body's structures and how they can be improved to obtain pain relief and better general health.

Osteopaths consider each person as an individual, treating all ages. The patient as a whole is examined and evaluated. If considered suitable for treatment the Osteopath will then use gentle stretching and mobilizing techniques. He/she will give exercises and health advice to alleviate symptoms, and improve health and quality of life. Osteopaths strive to eliminate the underlying causes of poor health and function, encouraging better long-term health for the patient. Rather than diagnosing and treating symptoms, the osteopath seeks the causes and treats them, ie: problems that predispose and maintain the condition.

Osteopathy is now recognised by the government with the passing of the Osteopaths Act (1993). All osteopaths are required to register with The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). 


Andrew Hills, Rossana Hills, Sally Patten, Jasmine Chapman and Alex Ivanova

Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and maybe used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age.

When we experience physical or emotional stresses our body tissues tend to tighten up. The body may have been able to adapt to these effects at the time, but lasting strain often remains. Any tensions which remain held in the body can restrict free movement. Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope and thus symptoms may develop. 

Cranial Osteopathy can help:
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Joint Pain and Sports Injuries
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Sinus Problems
  • Stress
  • Digestive Difficulties
  • General Health and Well Being

Case Study
When he is 6, James has a heavy fall out of a tree onto his bottom. He is bruised and sore for a few days, but soon forgets about  it. Unknown to him, he still carries with him compressive strain in his sacrum and lower back, and in the base of his skull.

At age 20, James then has a car accident in which he sustains a mild whiplash. All car accidents put tremendous strain throughout the whole spine, and this adds to the existing strain from his fall as a child.

At age 30, when James is subject to stress at work, he begins to develop headaches and a bit of a backache. He decides to consult an osteopath who discovers that the top of the neck and base of the skull are compressed and immobile from the effects of the childhood fall and the car accident. Treatment to release these retained strains restores harmony of the body tissues, James is relieved of his headaches and backache, and also discovers he has more energy, is sleeping better and coping with stress at work.