At Churches Osteopathic Practice our patients range from new-born babies, toddlers and children to people in their nineties.

We treat manual and sedentary workers struggling with occupational strains; people with sports injuries; mums during and after pregnancy; people with physical and learning disabilities; older people to help with pain from arthritis – and everyone else in between!

One of the great things about osteopathy is that it encompasses a wide range of techniques that we can adapt to suit the individual – some patients respond best to a strong treatment, while a gentler approach is more suitable for others. We will treat to suit you as an individual.

Work-related strains and tensions

We spend a lot of time at work, and sometimes our bodies feel the strain. You might spend long hours driving, do a lot of heavy or awkward lifting, or sit at a computer all day. Your osteopath can help with postural strains and tensions, and acute and chronic problems arising from work.

We can also advise you on how you can minimise the postural strains from your occupation to make you more comfortable at work.

Osteopathy for older people

As we get older we may suffer from increased stiffness and aches and pains. This is often dismissed as “just old age”, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Osteopathy can help treat the pain and stiffness associated with wear and tear and arthritis. There is also often a lot you can do to help yourself, because for most people the best way of staying strong, flexible and pain-free is to remain as (sensibly!) active as possible.

In addition to our hands-on treatment, we can advise you on how to stay stronger and more mobile, whether you’re just feeling a few niggly aches or recovering from joint replacement surgery. Together we can help you to move better, feel better and do more.

Sports injuries and exercise

Staying active is one of the best things we can do for our bodies, but sometimes even a minor pain or strain can make exercise uncomfortable. We can also pick up injuries or build up strains and tensions doing the sports and activities we enjoy. Osteopathy can help sports injuries such as pulled muscles, ligament and joint sprains, and help ease restrictions and imbalances in the body that can affect our performance.

So whether you’re a keen swimmer, a weekend golfer or a regular dog-walker, whether you’re just starting a new sport or training for a marathon, osteopathic treatment can help you return from injury, enjoy what you do and perform at your best.

Osteopathy during and after pregnancy

During pregnancy your body changes: your posture has to adapt as your weight and centre of gravity change; your ligaments become looser and your body retains more fluid. This can lead to additional pressure on the spine, pelvis and other joints.

After giving birth it takes time for your body to readapt, while your back has to cope with lifting, carrying and caring for your baby. Osteopathy can help to ease the stresses and strains on your body during pregnancy and after you give birth.

Osteopathy for babies and children

Osteopaths are regulated healthcare professionals who are qualified to treat all ages, including babies and children. Our undergraduate studies include paediatrics, and many practitioners undertake further post-graduate training in osteopathy for babies and children.

Osteopathic treatment is safe and suitable for babies and children at all stages of development – from new-borns, through toddlers and young children, to teenagers. When treating babies and young children, we use very gentle techniques such as cranial osteopathy, which can help to relax and soothe your child.

If you have any questions on how osteopathy could help your child, please contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss.