What is Osteopathy?

You may not be sure what osteopathy is or may not have heard of it before. In short, it is a manual therapy which looks at the whole of you to find the underlying cause of your complaint.

What is Osteopathy?


  • After the initial consultation we will know more about what to expect regarding recovery times. This could be only a couple of sessions for a recent problem or more for a long term or complicated presentation. You will be kept informed at all times and the treatment plan will always be discussed with you. You will not be asked to commit to a course of treatment; reassessment at each appointment will further guide the appropriate timescales.
  • Joint manipulations (clicking, cracking, HVTs, adjustments) are sometimes used within treatments, but there are always alternatives and you will always be asked for your consent before performing such techniques. Both Sarah and I are overall fairly gentle practitioners using a minimal amount of manipulations, preferring rhythmic joint articulation, soft tissue massage, muscle energy techniques and fascial release.
  • No! Although osteopaths are well known for treating lower back pain this is only a fraction of what we do. We can help from headaches to sprained ankles and everything in between. If you're not sure it's for you then please contact me and we can discuss if osteopathy is right for you.


  • Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council of which Katie and her associates are members. For more information on a practicing osteopath you can search the GOSc website here.
  • Your first appointment will last up to one hour, during which we will take a full medical history, including any trauma your body may have gone through such as accidents falls or operations. All the information you provide is confidential as with any medical practitioner. If possible bring a note of any medications, either prescribed or over the counter including any homeopathic or herbal supplements. We will make a full examination which usually involves undressing to you underwear or shorts and a T-shirt if you're more comfortable. We will observe your posture and how your body moves; following this we will carry out a physical examination including any special testing, such as checking your nerve responsiveness. If you wish to bring someone with you to the consultation you are more than welcome, the focus is on you and making you as comfortable and at ease as possible.

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Get a feel for the experience at Ilminster Osteopathy; my short video will give you a good idea of what to expect when you make an appointment.

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