Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that when the structure of a body is functioning correctly, there should be a minimal amount of wear and stress on these tissues.

Osteopaths are Allied Healthcare Professionals who take time to understand your individual history, circumstances and unique physiology, to provide you with a personalised health improvement plan.

Our bodies are subject to many kinds of stress (physical and emotional) every minute of the day. We are designed to combat these assaults through tissue repair; a healthy immune system; enough sleep and optimal nutrition. It is only when the stress is excessive or when the body’s normal defence or repair mechanisms are impaired that symptoms and disease occur. This is when treatment becomes necessary.

Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible, without the use of drugs or surgery. By taking a full and comprehensive case history and examining the body’s structure and function, the Osteopath first seeks to establish the source of the symptoms. However, treatment will not only be directed at the symptomatic area, but also aim to address the factors that may have pre-disposed the mechanical dysfunction. The body can then continue its job of self-healing and tissue repair.

Osteopaths use a range of methods including soft tissue ‘massage’ of muscles and ligaments, passive stretching and traction to joints and manipulative techniques (which patients often feel as a click) to improve joint mobility to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. Many also use medical acupuncture to further enhance the treatment.

Patients visit for a range of different conditions resulting from employment, recreation and sports related activities i.e.

  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain including hip, knee, ankle, foot, elbow and wrist
  • Sciatic discomfort
  • Arthritic and rheumatic discomfort
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Sports Injury management

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Dear Stephen, I have been meaning to send you a note since February, when I was eventually signed off from Chelsea Hospital. Your help was invaluable, as the physiotherapists at the hospital were not able (or not permitted?) to give any hands on treatment. I believe that the work you did on my frozen shoulder was what made a tremendous difference in getting me back to full mobility. So – many thanks!

R. G.

I’m a personal trainer and have had problems with my shoulder and hip for a couple of years. An orthopaedic surgeon recommended Pippa to me after going to see him about my shoulder. I am delighted with the results. Her wonderful holistic approach has meant that she has fixed both my shoulder and hip and I am finally pain free. I couldn’t recommend her enough.

Nicky O'Sullivan

A huge thank-yous to you, and Kathryn, for setting us all up for our Zoomy Back Class. I used to much enjoy our Thursday afternoons, so now, in these extraordinary times, having class TWICE a week is such a welcome and bolstering thing, and we feel so lucky that you’ve made it possible. We both really feel the benefit, both physically and mentally. Big claps for Richmond Physio on Thursday nights! See you both tomorrow……..Cheers.

Joan and Derek