The Island Osteopathic Practice


Welcome to The Island Practice
Structural and Cranial Osteopathy and Medical Acupuncture for Adults and Infants

What is Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system of medicine primarily concerned with the structure and function of the body i.e. the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues. It is a natural complementary therapy, which seeks to overcome the wide range of diseases which can result from disturbances to the body's framework and moving parts.

Structural Osteopathy was developed in the 1870s by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, a physician who discovered the benefits of manipulation in a whole range of injuries and ailments. His pioneering work was further developed by Dr William Garner Sutherland who identified that restricted motion between component parts of the skull also influences the rest of the body, outlining fundamental principles of Cranial Osteopathy.

Medical Acupuncture

As osteopaths we use acupuncture as a therapy following orthodox clinical diagnosis. Points are chosen based on neurological principles. Local needling of trigger points, tender points and acupuncture points predominate in treating somatic dysfunction and other conditions such as headache and migraine. It is a very useful adjunct to osteopathy as it helps modulate pain.

Evaluation and Treatment

All our fully registered osteopaths are skilled in assessing the bio-mechanics of the whole body from the spine to all of the body's peripheral joints (e.g. knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists etc.), focussing on improvements to efficiency of integration and function. This is achieved using gentle spinal manipulation, joint articulation and soft tissue techniques. Osteopaths will also offer advice on posture, exercise, stretching and ergonomics.

An acurate diagnosis is the prerequisite of successful treatment, as we need to ensure that the cause of the presenting complaint is one of musculoskeletal origin. Diagnosis is reached by taking a detailed medical history, followed by a thorough physical examination. A series of questions regarding the specific complaint and your general health will be asked.