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Osteopathy is a complementary health care system that aims to assess your musculoskeletal system (muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints) to establish the root cause of your pain and dysfunction. We do not just treat your symptoms, but instead aim to restore balance to your system, improving the function of your body.

Osteopathy is based on the principle that the body has an innate, self-regulatory system that is able to repair itself and is nicely summed up by the following quote.

Osteopathy is a philosophy of healthcare that acknowledges that the living body is a self-renewing, self-regenerating, self-recuperating system which maintains health constantly throughout life. Whenever that health-maintaining system is compromised, symptoms or disease could develop. Osteopathy is concerned with that which has compromised health rather than the resulting condition.”  Osteopathic Alliance

Osteopathic diagnosis includes listening to your story, your concerns and your goals and combining those with a thorough physical examination of your posture and movement, testing the range of movement and strength in your muscles, joints and ligaments and where available comparing these finding to any x-rays, scans and other clinical investigations. On the back of this information your osteopath can design your treatment plan and start moving your body back to a healthy state.

Your osteopath will use a wide range of gentle, non-invasive hands on techniques such as massage, joint manipulation, stretching and acupuncture to stimulate your bodies natural healing process. They will also design you an individually tailored exercise programme that should be carried out at home and also provide advice on posture, movement and work duties so that you can maximise your health.

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At Wandsworth Physiotherapy & Osteopathy we're focused on getting you out of pain and back to what you love doing, from simply sitting comfortably to playing with your kids, getting back into the gym or being able to run 5k again, our expert Physiotherapists & Osteopaths are here to help!


Please take note of our cancellation policy at the bottom of the page.

What is Osteopathy?

What do you treat?

It is a common and mis-held belief that osteopaths just treat back pain. However, contrary to popular belief osteopaths treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Although back pain is a large percentage of what we see on a daily basis (due to the prevalence of back pain in our society), we also treat various acute problems such as muscle strains, joint sprains and muscle spasms and more long standing chronic problems and degenerative diseases such as chronic lower back pain and arthritis. Regular osteopathic treatment is also a very useful way  to maintain and improve general health and prevent little niggles from developing in to a full blown injury.

  • Upper back and neck pain
  • Acute lower back pain and sciatica
  • Shoulder impingement and frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sports injuries
  • muscle strains & ligament sprains
  • Runners knee and ligament sprains
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Children’s and babies

Whats the difference?

We get asked what’s the difference between Physiotherapy and Osteopathy all the time and we understand it does get a little bit confusing for patients in terms of what we do. Essentially, both physiotherapists and osteopaths are trained to be able to assess and treat problems with the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons.

Both physiotherapists and osteopaths will use hands on treatment techniques to get your symptoms better – they may differ slightly but are essentially joint mobilisation and massage techniques.

Both professions may use acupuncture, taping or ultrasound. Beyond these core skills osteopaths might specialise more in joint or visceral manipulation, whereas physiotherapists will specialise more in exercise rehabilitation.

    What to expect…

    Your initial appointment with the osteopath will normally be 45 minutes. In that time you will be asked to explain your injury, how it happened, how long you have had it and how it makes you feel. You will be asked to set some goals about what you want to achieve from your time spent with them.

    Your osteopath will also run through your past medical history finding out about any medical diagnoses or medicine that you take. If you are visiting for children’s osteopathy you can explain the problems your child is suffering from.

    Next your osteopath will carry out a physical examination looking at the affected area plus carry out an assessment of your posture and how you move.

    Once they have carried out this assessment they will put together a treatment plan for you. Osteopaths tend to look at the body from a structural point of view, assessing your body alignment and how your spine moves and where there might be restrictions that need to be treated.

    In the remaining time of your initial assessment and on subsequent treatment sessions your osteopath will carry out this treatment plan and also give you home exercises to do to either resolve your problem or to give you a management strategy to keep your symptoms under control.

    Your osteopath will endeavor to give you an accurate diagnosis and give you realistic expectations of how many treatments you will require. You will leave with a written diagnosing and treatment plan.

    Most problems can be resolved within 4 to 6 treatment sessions. On occasion your therapist may refer you to a consultant for a second opinion to verify the initial diagnosis and treatment plan.

    Your osteopath may also refer you to other healthcare professionals at Wandsworth Physiotherapy that they feel would be appropriate to help you.

    This may include a physiotherapist or Pilates instructor, massage therapist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, women’s health specialist, yoga instructor or personal trainer.

    We are listed on Osteopaths locally

    I could not recommend Wandsworth physiotherapy more highly. Both Steve and Sid were invaluable to my marathon preparation and because they offer a wide range of services including physiotherapy, acupuncture and sports massage they are able to treat people in numerous ways to get the best results.

    Marina Williams

    These guys are fantastic! Really quick to reply and they found me an appointment on the same day. I've since had regular treatments with Alessio who is excellent, and my torn IT band, shoulder and other ailments are much improved. Brilliant for both sports injuries and wellness.

    Gerry Sweetland

    Booked an appointment for the same day on a Saturday. Adele has been very welcoming and helpful, providing useful advice as well as efficient treatment. Great local clinic, will definitely come back and recommend.

    Jean Reverdy

    Great Physio. Adele is very knowledgeable and helpful. She knew exactly where the pain was and was able to fix it. Everyone is very friendly. It's definitely worth a visit if you have any sort of pain!

    Rebecca Nakhle

    I've been several times for several different problems and Steve has always been excellent. He listens really carefully and asks good questions to find out exactly what's wrong, and is very clear with follow-up exercises to continue the therapy at home. Highly recommend him!

    Vanessa Harriss

    Meet The Team

    Wandsworth Physiotherapy

    338 Old York Road,
    Wandsworth, London,
    SW18 1SS

    Cancellation policy

    Please note we have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Please respect our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths and give them more than 24 hours notice if you need to change or cancel an appointment. Failure to do so will incur a cancellation charge and result in you needing to pre-pay for appointments thereafter.
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    Opening Hours

    Monday 07:00 - 21:00
    Tuesday 07:00 - 21:00
    Wednesday 07:00 - 21:00
    Thursday 07:00 - 21:00
    Friday 07:00 - 20:30
    Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
    Sunday 09:00 - 15:00


    338 Old York Road, SW18 1SS

    0203 322 9455

    Open 7 Days

    0203 322 9455 | 338 Old York Road, SW18 1SS