structural osteopathy

Structural Osteopathy

Structural osteopathy relies on the assertion that ‘structure governs function’; that is, if the body’s structure is out of line, it won’t function properly and will create stresses, strains and therefore pain in specific areas. For example:


Misaligned pelvis >> increased weight-bearing on one side of the body >> postural compensation in the upper back >> NECK PAIN.


Structural osteopaths employ a range of techniques:

  • Spinal mobilisation: increases movement in the body’s joints (not just the spine)
  • Soft tissue release: a little like massage, but intended specifically to rectify the problem
  • Spinal realignment: also known as ‘cavitation’, this is the ‘click’ that allows more movement in joints that are stubborn and remain restricted

Please Note: Not every patient needs to be ‘clicked’ it is dependent on your medical history and also whether you feel comfortable with the technique itself.


Structural Osteopathy is particularly helpful for:

  • Tilted or twisted pelvis also known as ‘Sacro-iliac dysfuction or irritation’
  • Scoliosis / twisted spine
  • Long leg on one side (leg length discrepancy)
  • Neck pain which can stay local or refer to arm pain, finger tingling or headaches
  • Lower back pain which can be focussed pain or referred pain into the legs causing leg pain, tingling in the thighs and feet
  • Sports Injuries
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Mid back pain which can refer into the ribs
  • Hip pain referring to the groin or outer thigh
  • Ankle aches and sprains


The aim of structural osteopathy is simple: to ensure that the body’s strains remain equal and minimal in order to eradicate pain and avoid premature wear-and-tear.


Contact us now to make an enquiry or arrange an appointment


Back to therapies



Click on your Problem Area:

Sign up for our newsletter

    I agree to the privacy policy & the collection of my personal details.