What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. Osteopathy was the first complementary healthcare to be given statutory recognition by the UK government.

Osteopathy works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments, nervous system and connective tissues functioning smoothly together; to maintain good nerve function and blood and lymphatic circulation.

To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.

Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms.

Common physical ailments can be successfully treated using osteopathic techniques. These include back and neck pain, sciatica, headaches, arthritic pain and issues with knees, shoulders, hands and feet. Osteopaths have a thorough grounding in anatomy, physiology and pathology and can diagnose what is the problem. They also look to see why the problem has developed. Symptoms can take months or years to develop; they could be the result of an injury, or more likely a series of things. For example, reduced flexibility, poor posture, a minor illness and being stressed at work. Each of these things alone may not be a problem, but in combination can put a lot of strain onto the body and may well cause symptoms.

Using gentle manipulative techniques, stretching, soft tissue massage and exercises osteopaths treat the cause of pain rather than the symptoms. It is very important that once the symptoms have been addressed that we work to help keep you symptom free, by addressing the components that have contributed to the original problem. Good health is maintained by an active body and mind and by offering clients exercises and rehabilitation we can help you maintain good health and mobility.

Osteopaths work with people of all ages – from babies and children through to the elderly – to help them maintain their bodies, prevent problems and overcome the everyday aches and pains. We offer everything from advice and treatment through to prevention and rehabilitation programmes.

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Carol Plumridge DO

Carol Plumridge


I believe that we all have the potential for good health and well being, our bodies and brain have everything required to achieve this. I also believe that this is the result of making lots of small positive choices in many aspects of our lives.

You know what you want and need and I see my role as facilitating that goal. I act as a guide to help you understand your problems and the roadblocks to your recovery; to set realistic goals and time frames and to develop a map that will guide you back to good health.

We develop conditions for a variety of reasons and initially we have to discover the underlying cause of your problems; this is usually a much broader issue than having had an injury in the past or degeneration in your joints.

Having understood some of the reasons behind the problems we can then work on a plan to avoid or minimise reoccurrences. As you begin to feel better you can start to make the long-term changes to maintain your health.

I am see treatment as a partnership into which we both bring knowledge and expertise. Between us we can find the best solutions for your particular issues and get you back towards good health and mobility.

This isn’t necessarily a long process once we have understood what needs to be done and we work out the most effective way of doing it and how much time will be required.

If you would like to talk to me about how we can ease some of your problems please give me a call.

Osteopathy treatments for babies and children

Osteopathy is a gentle practice which is suitable for babies and children.

Cranial osteopathy is very gentle and effective.