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What do osteopaths treat?

Osteopathy is focussed on the musculoskeletal system and the aim is to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate, without the use of medication. We are most commonly associated with back and neck pain, but are trained to treat everything from your head to your feet. Osteopaths are also trained to detect signs that the symptoms are not within the scope of osteopathic care, and to always refer to a GP when necessary. Common conditions that we treat include but are not limited to:

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for seeing a GP and also for seeking help from an osteopath. It can be acute, where there was a definite movement or incident that caused the injury, or chronic where the pain has built up over a period of time. The pain may be localised, or involve pressure on the nerves where you may experience ‘shooting’ pain into the leg or arm.

An osteopath will find the site or area causing the pain and aim to reduce the localised symptoms as well as address other areas that have been affected by it. This is achieved by gentle movements of the joints (articulation/mobilisation), release of the muscles surrounding it (soft tissue work) and occasionally, where appropriate, manipulation (the ‘clicking’ of joints). 

Arthritic Pain

The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. There are many other forms that affect certain areas of the body and different age groups, including some that affect children. They are all characterised by joint pain and inflammation.

Treatment aims to reduce the pain levels and improve function so will work to mobilise the affected joint and release the muscles that surround it. As we believe that your body is a unit, we will work on areas further away from the main joint, as these may have been affected too.


The shoulder has an incredible range of movement while still managing to be very stable. It is considered highly important to our functioning as it is how we position our hands to interact with the world. To achieve this it is probably the most complex joint in the body and is actually split into 3 separate parts that function as a whole; the joints between the humerus (upper arm), clavicle (collar bone) and scapula (shoulder blade). Problems with any of these joints can produce localised pain and/or cause issues in surrounding areas, such as the neck or elbow and wrist.

Shoulders injuries occur from a wide variety of causes. They can easily become sprained during sport as they rely on soft tissues for much of their stability, they can become irritated by repetitive movement such as painting a ceiling or their muscles can become overloaded when hunched over a desk for long periods.

Pain can be felt locally or may contribute to pain in the arm, tingling in the hands or cervicogenic headaches (headaches caused by the neck). Diagnosis and treatment will focus on the local tissues but will invariably involve the surrounding areas as the spine, elbow and wrist are very dependent on each other functioning correctly. 


The knee is one of the largest joints in the body, it takes the full weight of the body every time we take a step and many times our body weight when we go up or down stairs. Although it is large and strong, mechanically it is considered quite unstable as it relies on soft tissues (ligaments and tendons) for its stability, rather than a large joint surface (as the hip has).

Problems seen in clinic can relate to soft tissue injury, for instance, sporting injuries where the knee has been twisted suddenly, patella (kneecap) issues where pain or a ‘grinding’ noise is felt at the front of the knee or pain around the knee due to soft tissue tension as in ‘runners knee’.

Treatment involves identifying the painful tissue and assessing the mechanical factors that have caused the injury. Sometimes this is obvious where trauma is concerned but can also come from  another area of the body such as the ankle or hip or be related to footwear affecting gait or running style.

Stefan really listens to what you say and works in partnership with you to improve and maintain your wellbeing.

T.S., Stanton Wick


Bishop Sutton

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Avalon Osteopathic Clinic, Unit 2, Westway Farm, Bishop Sutton, Somerset, BS39 5XP