What Does An Osteopath Actually Do?



We have an hour for initial consultations at Bradbourne which allows our patients to tell us everything that they see as relevant to their complaint and for us to find out anything else that we need to know.  

Rule out red flags

When dealing with pain, we want to be sure that pain is the primary problem. Pain – secondary to cancer, autoimmune disorders, infections, fractures or anything sinister – must be dealt with appropriately. 


We will look at a patient’s posture and ask them to perform a series of movements and tests so that the mobility of their body can be evaluated.


We use palpation a highly developed sense of touch, to assess areas of  tenderness, restriction or strain within your body.

Other tests

Specific orthopaedic and neurological tests are also often used when necessary.


We find it is often also relevant to highlight the importance of good sleep hygiene, the role of nutrition and diet, stress management and introduction of appropriate physical exercise.


Treatment is about the restoration of normal, confident movement. Whether you have disc degeneration, a rotator cuff tear or an arthritic hip.  After ruling out red flags, we can view the body positively. Regardless of pain levels, we can tell the patient that their body is strong and start treating the whole person. Treatment may include “hands on” techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint mobilising and manipulation. Medical acupuncture. Rehabilitation exercises to mobilise or stabilise an area of the body. These modalities of treatment work by reducing pain, muscle tension and fear, NOT by putting bones, joints, discs or your pelvis back in place!

The patient is an active participant in their own care.

We think it is clinically correct to empower patients within our care to self manage and be active towards their recovery. Some patients only require one appointment, others may require a course of treatment or return periodically for the long term care of a condition. It is up to you.  Normally the treatment of a patient is determined according to their progression rather than the prescription of a set number of treatment sessions. 


The practice has a calm friendly atmosphere, receptionists are lovely and the treatment is superb. Both myself and my husband have used their services with excellent results. Would and do highly recommend.

C. Matthews

A very warm and welcoming clinic with extremely professional staff. Ive had a problem with my shoulder for the past 10 months and the osteopath was able to get me on the road to recovery and diagnose the problem. I would recommend clinic to anyone seeking professional and high quality help.

L. Corse

My first experience of an Osteopath, very professional and I felt better as soon as I left. Very clean and calm environment with a lovely receptionist

S. Butcher

It was my second visit to Bradbourne Osteopathic today. What a lovely experience in peaceful surroundings. I’ve been suffering with restriction in my back for 2 weeks. It’s really eased. Staff are very knowledgeable and thorough . Felt like I was in good hands . Easy parking too

L. Anthony

Booked in last minute as struggled with pain in neck and lower back. Receptionist very helpful and accomadating. Saw Matt and he eased the pain dramatically. Been here before so knew I would get a great service as always.

X. Xapilaou

Fantastic service from booking in to treatment. Will definitely come back if I need to. The staff are so friendly and you are made to feel relaxed from the moment you walk in.

I. Hall

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