Welcome to the Shaw Osteopathic & Sports Injuries Clinic. Established in Newbury in 1990 and in its present location in Shaw since 1994, the clinic consists of three treatment rooms plus a waiting room and toilet. All easily accessible and for the convenience of our patients, we have plenty of off-street parking. The practice provides a high standard of osteopathic care for the treatment of a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injury problems. As you don’t need a referral from your doctor to see an osteopath, you will typically be able to see us quickly, without the long waiting times that often occur with other treatment options.
We are located in the Shaw area of Newbury, only a five-minute drive from the town centre.
Osteopathy started in America in the late 1800s. Doctors noticed people with various medical complaints had structural problems in their joints, especially their spines and by manually correcting these structural problems, their symptoms improved. Osteopathy today is a still a healthcare profession that utilizes a gentle and effective hands-on treatment approach to healthcare and still places emphasis on the function of the musculoskeletal system. It is based on the principle that the structure of your body influences how it functions. If the structure is wrong, it can’t function properly. Osteopaths are highly competent, fully regulated healthcare professionals, recognized by the NHS as fully qualified to diagnose and treat independently. They are skilled in assessing the mechanics of the joints around the whole body, in particular the spine.
People often associate osteopathic treatment with ‘cracking joints.’ Manipulation is a useful technique for some patients and some problems but most osteopathic treatment is very gentle. Osteopaths have a range of other techniques on offer from gentle soft tissue and stretching to the muscles, gentle rhythmical mobilizations to the joints and cranial sacral osteopathy. This means treatment can be adapted to safely treat younger and older patients with acute and chronic conditions. It is also adaptable to pregnancy, work strain, or pain and stiffness related to advancing years.
The Institute of Osteopathy (iO) is the UK’s leading professional membership organisation for osteopaths. The purpose of the institute is to support, unite, develop and promote the osteopathic profession, for the improvement of public health and patient care. Osteopathy is a gentle and effective hands-on approach to healthcare, based on the principle that the way your body moves influences how it functions.