Ilkeston Osteopathy Centre - easing your pain for over 18 years


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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a manual system of diagnosis and treatment that aims to assist your body’s self healing mechanisms. Osteopaths believe that your body will work well if your structure is functioning smoothly. Our aim is to identify areas of your body that are not working as well as they should, relate them to your current problems and guide you back towards good health. We try to take a holistic view of your wellbeing and will attempt to find underlying causes of your problems as well as looking directly at your symptoms. These may include lifestyle and ergonomic factors as well as functional problems.

Who can it help?

Osteopaths assess and treat all age groups from the newborn to the elderly, from sports people to the desk bound and pregnant women. Techniques can be modified to take into account age, health and individual preference.


"Has helped me a lot to sleep without pain in my leg and neck. Thank you very much" Betty Hall


What can it treat?

We are well known for treating back and neck pain, shoulder, arm and hand problems, pelvis, hip, leg and foot problems, sports injuries and some types of headache.

A look at the most common problems:

Back Pain

Lower back pain has reached epidemic proportions in the western world. Research shows that 60% of the UK's population will suffer from it at some stage during their lives.

The trouble with back pain is that it can do more than just give you a pain in the back. It can create difficulties with walking, sitting, bending and lifting. It can also be the cause of pain in the buttocks, groin or legs (commonly called sciatica.

Osteopathic treatment can be effective in correcting problems caused by back pain. Speedy access to osteopathic care for acute patients often averts the possibility of conditions becoming chronic.

Back pain responds well to osteopathic treatment - reducing pain and restoring mobility and quality of life.

Work Related Disorders

Significant types of illnesses due to work are disorders of the muscles, tendons and joints (particularly in the back, hands and arms). Symptoms vary from mild aches and pains to severe pain and disability.

Problems caused by manual handling and lifting include muscle and tendon injuries, intervertebral disc prolapses ('slipped disc'), and sciatica.

Problems caused by forceful or repetitive movements include carpal tunnel syndromes, Tenosynovitis, Peritendinitis, Medial Epicondylitis ('golfer's elbow') and Lateral Epicondylitis ('tennis elbow') .

Problems caused by unsuitable posture or repetitive movements include low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, computer hump and repetitive strain injury (RSI).

Osteopaths regularly treat work related disorders and can advise on correct posture and movement, and can give instruction on back care and preventative exercises.


Sports Injuries

Whether you're an enthusiastic amateur or an elite professional, an osteopath can help with the prevention and treatment of common sporting injuries.

These may include: low back pain (with or without sciatica), muscle and ligament injuries, knee pain (including lack of mobility and degenerative conditions), shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries and foot and ankle complaints.

Functional complaints may include reduced joint flexibility (e.g. suffered by golfers who can't rotate as well as they used to) and mechanical limitations.

Injuries can be caused by overuse such as tennis and golfer's elbow, jumper's knee, tenosynovitis and tendonitis.

Recurrent injuries may be due to an underlying problem, such as postural changes or as a result of old injuries that have not been resolved. These changes can lead to compensatory muscular imbalances and joint restriction. Both of which can be identified, and treated, by skilled osteopathic assessment.

Osteopathy is a natural approach to healthcare and an ideal treatment for most sports injuries.

Arthritic and Rheumatic Pain

Arthritis is mainly divided into two types – degenerative and inflammatory. Degenerative or OSTEOARTHRITIS is the commonest form, sometimes called ‘wear and tear’ and is usually localised to a specific site such as the hips, knees or spine. Its classic features of pain, stiffness and restricted mobility may often be eased and improved with skilled osteopathic treatment.  Spondylosis is also 'wear and tear' of the spine.

Inflammatory arthritis such as RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS is generally a systemic disease affecting not just the joints but the whole body. This is managed medically by a Hospital Rheumatology department and usually requires medication to control the inflammatory process. Like osteoarthritis it produces severe pain, stiffness and often deformity.

Osteopaths spend a large amount of their time dealing with the pain and suffering caused by arthritis.

Osteopathic treatment can help reduce pain, ease swelling and improve mobility and range of joint movement. Treatment is aimed at improving mobility and reducing inflammation by using gentle, manual osteopathic techniques on joints, muscles and ligaments. You will be given positive advice related to your lifestyle and about how you use your body.


Pain Relief

One of the main purposes of osteopathy is pain relief. Osteopathy helps people of all ages who suffer from pain, tackling complaints from trapped nerves (e.g. sciatica and neuralgia), frozen shoulder and whiplash injury, to sprains and strains. The osteopath's role is to alleviate pain and improve the patient's mobility in order to make life more comfortable.

Pain can affect many areas of the body, but particularly the lower back, head, neck, joints and legs. Much long-term, recurrent pain is caused by degenerative changes to the body's framework. Nobody can reverse this process of ageing, but osteopathic treatment may still ease pain. Pain control is an important part of treatment and osteopaths give guidance on simple self-help methods to use at home.

If you would like to discuss any specific issues please contact us at the centre or go to the GOsC and BOA websites (via the links page) for more details.

How we do it?

Before treatment we take a detailed history of the problem that you are presenting with and also your past health. We will take time to listen to you and will ask you questions about your daily life, diet, exercise and other important factors such as stress. Depending on what we discuss we may need to do some simple clinical tests such as reflexes and blood pressure.

We will then look at your posture and see how you move and we usually move parts of your body for you, such as your neck and spine, to see what happens or what hurts.

Osteopaths pay a lot of attention to touching the areas of your body that hurt and those areas that we feel are related to your problem, this is known as “palpation”. We are trained for a minimum of 4 years to develop fine palpation skills and all osteopaths use this on a daily basis.

Once we have gathered enough information we will explain  the cause of your current symptoms and the underlying factors that may be preventing your body from healing itself. If we feel that osteopathic treatment is not appropriate for you then we will recommend a referral to your GP for further investigation or to another healthcare practitioner.

Before treatment ,we will discuss the options available and recommend the best course of action in our opinion. We encourage you to ask as many questions as you want and will answer any concerns such as risks or side effects.



Osteopaths use a wide range of techniques such as soft tissue techniques, joint mobilisation, stretching, rhythmic movement and joint adjustment.  The choice of approach will depend on your presenting problem and other factors such as age and fitness levels.  We ususally prescribe exercises to stabilise and enhance the benefits of the treatment.