What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy works by helping the body to repair itself.

This holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment is about identifying and resolving causes, rather than simply relieving the symptoms.

By improving function in areas which are causing symptoms, health can be restored. Treatment is tailored to the individual and all ages can benefit from osteopathy.

Osteopathy - sore back

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy is a method of treatment using particularly gentle techniques.

Through subtle movements, strains and tensions throughout the body may be released.

This soft approach makes it particularly suitable for the treatment of children and the elderly, although all ages can benefit.

DOC Osteopathy - cranial osteopathy
Cranial Osteopathy


Osteopathy was established over 100 years ago in the USA and has since spread world wide.

In 1917, the British School of Osteopathy was founded and in 1935, a voluntary Register of Osteopaths was set up which culminated in the Osteopaths Act in 1993.

This legislation recognises the professional status of osteopathy and provides protection by regulating the profession.

Legally, anyone practicing osteopathy must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

Now a mainstream therapy, practitioners within the NHS often refer to osteopaths although it is common for individuals to seek treatment directly and you do not need a referral from a GP.

J Martin Littlejohn - Osteopath
J Martin Littlejohn. Founder, British School of Osteopathy