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Osteopathy Clinic In Chelmsford

A Safe, Gentle & Effective Treatment

Osteopathy is a method of assessing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems.

How Does Osteopathy Help?

Osteopathy examines the relationship between how well your body could be working as opposed to how it is actually working.

  • Reduce pain & inflammation: Osteopathy helps to reduce pain and inflammation, as well as provide relief from chronic conditions like arthritis. It focuses on the musculoskeletal system by manipulating and massaging key body areas to improve mobility and range of motion.
  • Restore balance: Osteopathy aims to restore balance in the body through gentle hands-on techniques to reduce pain and improve mobility. It can also be used to treat conditions like tendinitis, bursitis and muscle spasms.
  • Holistic approach: Osteopathy is a holistic approach that takes into consideration the patient’s lifestyle, posture, diet and environment to help determine the most appropriate course of treatment.
  • Treating musculoskeletal complaints: Osteopathy can be used to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints including headaches, neck pain, back pain and sciatica.
  • Improves circulatory health: Osteopathy also helps improve circulatory health by increasing blood flow to the muscles and joints which helps reduce joint stiffness and soreness.
  • Treats issues related to the nervous system: Osteopathy can also be used to treat issues related to the nervous system, such as sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Our Osteopaths & Fees

Principal Osteopath

45 Minutes First Appointment £85
30 Minutes Return Appointment £66

Senior Osteopaths

45 Minutes First Appointment £75
30 Minutes Return Appointment £60

Associate Osteopaths

45 Minutes First Appointment £65
30 Minutes Return Appointment £54
See pricing for all our services

The Principles of Osteopathy

The principles of Osteopathy are based on the following:

  1. The body has an innate ability to heal itself.
  2. The structure and function of the body are interdependent, meaning that a problem in one part can affect other parts of the body.
  3. Osteopathic treatments focus on all aspects of the patient - physical, psychological and emotional.
  4. The body works as an integrated unit, responding to the various stresses placed upon it.
  5. Osteopathy seeks to treat the root cause of a problem rather than just treating the symptoms.
  6. Osteopathic treatment relies on gentle manual techniques such as manipulation and massage.
  7. Osteopathy should be tailored to the individual needs of each patient.

How Does An Osteopath Differ From A Chiropractor?

The first difference you may notice about osteopath vs chiropractor as a patient is that osteopaths use observation, palpation and special medical tests (involving movement or neurological tests) to help us diagnose a patient’s problem, whereas chiropractors will also commonly use X-ray.

It may seem that having more information with the X-ray is ‘better’, but the research (links found here: https://www.painscience.com/articles/mri-and-x-ray-almost-useless-for-back-pain.php) is becoming quite clear that in most cases, all an X-ray does is give you more to worry about. This can actually have a negative effect on your recovery because of something known as the ‘nocebo effect’. It’s like the ‘placebo effect’, which is where people get better when no actual treatment has been done, but the opposite. The nocebo effect makes people’s pain worse because of how they think about the problem.

There are some cases when an osteopath will refer for an X-ray or MRI when more information is needed, but this doesn’t happen too often and when it’s needed, we refer to orthopaedic specialists because there may be other ways they can help too.

Other differences between osteopaths and chiropractors come down to treatment style. Historically, chiropractors use more spinal manipulation than osteopaths, whereas osteopaths use manipulation sparingly alongside massage, stretching and exercise prescription. However, I know there are many chiropractors who are reducing the amount they manipulate now.

When it comes to osteopath vs chiropractor, in general, there are more similarities than there are differences and we always say that you need to find a therapist that works for you. Over time, we all develop our own style, and this makes each practitioner unique no matter what profession they are in.

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Osteopath Reviews

Keeping Chelmsford Moving
Very good friendly service, would recommend to anyone.
David Brett
David Brett
15:32 15 Apr 24
My experience with Forte has proved exceptional. My engagement has been with Gemma, sports massage expert. I went for a specific issue and now regularly go because she has (a) solved the problem and (b) worked hard on reoccurrence and general well being. If anyone needs a sports massage try her. You won't be disappointed.
Terry Quigley
Terry Quigley
10:28 25 Mar 24
Took my wife kicking and screaming as she didn't think it would solve her week long back pain. An hour later she came out with a beaming smile and I had the look of "I told you so".Awesome service, no doubt we will be back
Mike Venner
Mike Venner
11:05 16 Mar 24
Vey good visit went through what treatment I would need very good treatment very polite has helped my condition hopefully will progress to terminate the pain I am suffering
Stephen Kemp
Stephen Kemp
14:28 07 Feb 24
Chris sorted out my long-standing neck problem which was showing no signs of improving through rest. Great guy - give him a go and I don't think you'll regret it.
Maurice Crockard
Maurice Crockard
13:50 05 Oct 23
Everytime ive needed treatment for my pain the staff have been so lovely, informative and helpful. I always recommend these guys to anyone as i know they go above and beyond to help you. Big shoutout to the new assiocate osteopath Harry who is very down to earth and easy to have a chat with. He did a great job of treating my shoulder pain, informing me about next steps to take, exercises to do and making me feel at ease. 👍✨️
Charlotte
Charlotte
12:04 18 Sep 23
Fantastic clinic, Chris has always been able to get me moving again from running injuries, martial arts to crossfit.Worth a visit!
Amar Mistry
Amar Mistry
11:39 02 Aug 23
Can't recommend Chris and his team highly enough. Professional, knowledgeable, and all round miracle-worker!
Lucy Hughes
Lucy Hughes
12:59 25 Jul 23
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Chris Branch
Principal Osteopath

Chris grew up with a passion for studying human form and function and wanted to be an osteopath at the age of 13. He finally achieved his dream when graduating from the British School of Osteopathy in 2008.

After graduating, Chris spent two years studying classical osteopathy before investing in the prestigious GIFT mentorship program in America in 2013 to become a Fellow of Applied Functional Science. He is also trained in Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), and can assess and coach running technique.

These courses have helped Chris understand how the body works as a whole, both from a biomechanical and movement perspective and from a physiological one.

Private Health Insurance

Osteopathy is often covered by private health insurance, but in some cases it is an additional element of the policy or you may need to get a referral from your GP or approval in advance. It is best to contact your insurer and ask about the details and process for your particular policy. We can invoice direct to the insurer if appropriate.

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