What Is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a medical speciality with a primary focus on the management of individuals with musculoskeletal pain and injury. Osteopathy also recognises and values the idea that additional factors, such as how we sleep, what we eat, and how we train and recover, can modify our unique experience of pain and health.

Osteopathy at The Pain Clinic in Oxford: A patient centred approach

We all suffer with pain and injury at some stage, and it can be a frustrating process not knowing what is wrong and how best to manage your symptoms.  Our aim is to help you to get back on track in the shortest time possible.  Osteopathy at The Pain Clinic in Oxford is a safe and highly effective way to ease pain that arises from injured musculoskeletal structures.

Our osteopathy service is also one of a select number of clinics in the country to recognise and embrace the latest principles of Applied Functional Science (AFS).  AFS was developed by Physical Therapists and biomechanists – Dr Gary Gray and Dr Dave Tiberio.  Their work has helped to pioneer the practice of physical therapy, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and Strength and Conditioning.

Our clinicians also have additional qualifications in Strength and Conditioning, and Sports Medicine, which enables us to lead you from pain to performance with an holistic approach.  Regardless of your background or your end goal, whether you are an elite athlete, or you just want to get up out of bed without pain, we can help!

Our approach helps you to:

  • Understand your problem
  • Regain your physical confidence
  • Resolve your aches and pains
  • Understand how to heal in the most efficient way


So that you can:

  • Make an effective recovery
  • Achieve your goals
  • Improve your health and fitness
  • Avoid re-injury in the future
  • Achieve your personal best


The Treatment Process

Have your problem diagnosed

We will provide you with a diagnosis that you can understand, which is based on your narrative and our examination.  We will spend time with you explaining what we have found, how long it will take to get better, and how to stay active during your rehabilitation.  At times we may need to liaise with other healthcare practitioners.  This will be done with your written consent only.

Get specialist effective treatment

We will choose the right approach for you whether your goals are to reduce pain, or improve your strength and flexibility for specific sporting or lifestyle tasks. We will provide you with practical tools and advice to achieve long lasting results in the shortest time possible.

Treatment at The Pain Clinic  in Oxford involves an appropriately tailored combination of:

  • Advanced soft tissue and massage techniques
  • Joint and muscle stretching (mobilisations)
  • Joint manipulation on occasion (only when required and with your consent)
  • Functional exercise
  • Health and pain advice


What Do Osteopaths Treat?

Osteopathy can help provide relief for the body’s structural, mechanical and functional problems in people of all ages. Here are just a few examples:

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  • Post-surgery rehabilitation
  • Headaches
  • Neuralgia (nerve pain) and sinus pain
  • Whiplash
  • “Trapped nerves”
  • Tension pains
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis and golfers elbow
  • Back problems i.e. sciatica, spondylosis, vertebral disc injury (“slipped disc”) or dysfunction and referred pain
  • Rheumatic and arthritic conditions
  • Pregnancy related symptoms e.g. back pain, pubic pain, SPD, hip pain, neck and shoulder pain.
  • Musculo-skeletal problems arising in infants and older children
  • Sports injuries
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Postural imbalances
  • Knee injuries, such as meniscus tear, ligament sprains, bursitis, tendonitis, muscle tears, PFPS
  • Shoulder pain, such as impingement, tendonitis, stingers, scapular dysfunction
  • ACJ (acromioclavicular joint) sprains
  • And many, many more…

If you’re still unsure of whether osteopathy is for you, we offer a FREE 15 minute consultation so that you can ask specific questions or meet us in person.

You can book this here.

We look forward to welcoming you at The Pain Clinic!